2012-08-07 15:49:35 by Public Relations staff, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.
For many kids, summer break means staying up late and sleeping in, whether they’re having sleepovers with friends, camping out or just enjoying warm summer nights.
With a new school year just around the corner, it will soon be time to get back into the routine of going to bed and getting up early.
Staying up or sleeping in over a period of time resets our body’s internal clock, also known as circadian rhythm. That’s why it’s important to give your kids a few days to return to their regular sleep schedule before the first day back to school.
“It’s hard to change our circadian rhythm quickly,” said Greg Omlor, MD, director of Pulmonary Medicine and the Akron Children’s Hospital Sleep Center. “Kids need at least a few days before the start of the school year to adjust.”
If your child’s schedule has varied significantly from his usual school routine and he’s staying up or sleeping in much later than normal, it will take as long as five days to get back on schedule.
Kids also need much more sleep than the typical eight hours recommended for adults. School age kids require 12-13 hours each night, while those in middle school need about 10-11 hours. Teens, especially younger teens, should get nine hours.
How can you tell if your child is getting enough sleep? In addition to the obvious signs of sleepiness, kids who are not well rested may:
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