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Getting kids on a sleep schedule before school begins

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Getting on a decent sleep schedule can help kids when heading back to school.

Keith Kaiser joined some experts at Norton Children's Hospital to learn how to get students back into a routine.

-Create a smooth transition between summer and school. Start beforehand - don't wait till last minute.
-Walk through the process of a 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.

Click here for more information about the benefits of a good night's sleep.

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