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Back-to-School Sleep Schedules

Jennifer Geisler, LPC

With the new school year just getting started, children, adolescents and teens in grades K-12 will be experiencing a host of changes as they continue in their developmental and academic journeys. It’s a time of excitement, learning, and maybe even some stress! This is all very normal.

One of the best ways you can help your student to be prepared to take on each new day is to help them get the rest that they need! There is a vast amount of research published that supports the developmental need for children under 18 to get a sufficient amount of sleep. According to one study conducted by researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), not getting enough sleep for extended periods of time can result in differences in brain structure; and more mental health and behavioral challenges in comparison to groups that got the suggested amount of sleep. 

We know it’s easier said than done to shift your child’s sleep schedule, especially when there are so many distractions available now than ever before. However, I have created a little guide to give you a few tips about implementing a back-to-school sleep schedule for your student. Best of luck and don’t forget to carve out time to get enough rest for yourself!