We all know it’s tough to focus when you’re tired. This is as true for young kids as it is for adults. Making sure kids get enough sleep is a great way to start preparing kids to go back to school. A summer’s worth of long nights and lax bedtime routines can make it tough to adapt to the new routine. Help your kids adjust to an earlier bedtime by gradually weaning them off their summer sleep schedule.
Although the ideal amount sleep will vary from person to person, children age five to 12 should get around 10-11 hours of sleep each night. Lack of sleep can make it more difficult to focus and follow instructions. Sleep also allows our bodies to recuperate from the day’s activities and allows our brain to consolidate memories.
Going to bed 20 minutes earlier each night for a week or more will help get them accustomed to an earlier bedtime so they’ll be well-rested and ready to learn when school starts.
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