Bedtime and classroom success

Tired schoolboy sleeping on book

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Many of your children will be filling classrooms again in the days to come. There is one big key to their success in the classroom – sleep. said that sleep deprived kids can become hyper, irritable and may have a hard time paying attention in school.

This is a very good time to start a consistent bedtime.

Dr. Melody Ailsworth suggests you leave enough technology free time before bed to allow your child to unwind.

A good rule of thumb is switching off the electronics at least an hour before bed and keeping televisions, computers and mobile devices OUT of the child's bedroom.

“It's a little bit of work for parents because you have to think about it ahead of time and you have to plan just like you do during the school year,” Ailsworth said. “It's hard to give up the end of the summer thinking that way but your child will be much more prepared and ready for school if they are rested.”

There are some very reasonable, science-based guidelines to help you set a goal for your child:

Preschoolers (ages 3-5) should get 10 to 13 hours.

Gradeschoolers (ages 6 to 12) should get 9 to 12 hours

Teens (ages 13-18) should get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night.

If you're having trouble with bedtime, Dr. Ailsworth said a routine -- bath, brushing teeth, and books -- can help. If you're still having problems, talk to your child's doctor about things like diet and light exposure.

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