Summertime and the living is easy, with late night bedtimes and late morning wakeups. That easy living is about to come to a screeching halt when kids head back to school in the coming weeks. So, this is a good time to start easing them back into the routine. Experts say, don t wait until the last minute to adjust your child's sleep habits. They suggest you change your child's bedtime gradually to ward off behavioral and academic problems that sleepy students experience.
-Try to back up the sleep time everyday by about fifteen minutes at a time in the two weeks before school starts.
-Cut off all electronics at least a half hour before bedtime. They can make your brain think it's still daytime.
-Keep the house a little bit darker starting at dinnertime. Room darkening shades, blinds, curtains can trick the body into thinking that it's time to go to sleep
-Limit caffeine to at least 6 hrs before bedtime.
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