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Health Tip: Early to Bed Before Back to School

The routine should start now

(HealthDay News) -- The first days back to school are a tough transition for many kids and parents. Making sure they are well rested before the first day can help.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends:

  • Returning to the normal school-year sleep and wake schedule about two weeks before the start of school. Back up bedtime by about 15 minutes each night and wake time about 15 minutes each morning.
  • Maintaining the same sleep schedule throughout the school year, even on weekends.
  • Promoting quiet time for relaxing, including books, soft music and a bath or shower before bed.
  • Limiting screen time, heavy meals and caffeine before bed.
  • Making sure your child's bedroom is cool, quiet, dark and free from distractions.
  • Following these rules yourself to set a good example.

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