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School Smarts: The importance of a good night's sleep for learning

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Getting on a decent sleep schedule when heading back to school can be tricky for kids. In this School Smarts report, Keith Kaiser learns how to make it easier with the help of U of L Physicians.

Kids need to be back on a schedule a few weeks before school starts. Create a smooth transition between summer and school.
Start beforehand - don't wait till last minute.

Walk through the process of good bedtime routine with your child. Have a bedtime routine each night.

Limit screen time 1 hour before bed (no TV/iPad) and no TV in the bedroom.  Limit caffeine.

Sleep disorders can affect school performance.Too little sleep can cause hyperactivity and poor concentration. Families should make sleep a priority if children are going to succeed academically and stay out of trouble in school.

How much sleep?

Preschool children need 11-13 hours of sleep a night
Grade school children need 8-10 hours of sleep a night
Middle and high school students need about 9 hours per night
Sleep isn't the only schedule parents need to get kids back on.

Snacking at night is not recommended. 

Get back on their medicines, such as ADHD medicines, get those forms filled out for back to school. A number of chronic illnesses require children to take medicine while they are in school. Parents should pay attention and carefully coordinate their children's medication schedule to ensure their child's safety and optimal performance in the classroom.

Don't wait until the last minute to do sports physicals.

University of Louisville Physicians
U of L Pediatrics - Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre
982 Eastern Parkway
Louisville, Kentucky 40217

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