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Patricia NicolasAug 23, 2017, 3:47 pmAug 24, 2017, 11:06 am

Back to school tips: Getting your kids to readjust to early bedtime

Medical expert says children catching plenty of Z’s ensures success throughout the day


NEW HYDE PARK — Back to school means kids need to get to bed early and with only two to three weeks before the new school year begins, some parents may be looking for guidance when it comes to helping their children make a smooth transition from summer to school mode.

Dr. Allison Driansky, a pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, says creating a consistent sleep schedule for children is important. She also says the amount of sleep needed depends on the age of the child.

“…anywhere between 10 to 12 hours for a younger child and eight to 10 for older children or teenagers,” Dr. Driansky recommends.

She says a good night's sleep will help ensure children achieve success throughout the day and parents should play a role in making sure their kids develop good sleep habits.

“Some things you can do are just making sleep a priority. Make sure you are going to bed at the same time every day. Minimizing screen time in your bedrooms, getting active and healthy during the day can encourage good sleep at night,” Dr. Driansky says.

And another thing parents can do is to set a good example. Dr. Driansky says parents need to be well rested too as a sufficient amount of sleep is critical for good health, regardless of age.

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