Sleep Doctor: Parents should start getting kids in the back to school routine
With schools set to open across our area next month, getting children back in a healthy sleep routine is vital.
In fact, statistics show children who get less than eight hours of sleep at night are likely to get lower grades than their well-rested classmates.
Dr. Christopher Rose, with Covenant Medical Center, said he recommends parents should start their school routines now, rather than later.
"Parents should probably start working on getting their kids back into the school routine three to four weeks ahead of time. It depends on how off your child's rhythm is from the school routine. The further away they are from their normal sleep routine, the longer it takes them to get back into the school routine," Dr. Rose said.
Dr. Rose said a big reason why children are not getting enough sleep is the evolution of technological devices.
"It is a new issue. It's the blue light of the video screen that stimulates the eyes. A lot of people will tell me that they watch TV before they go to bed, but that's telling your body to not to go to sleep and it will fragment your sleep at night," Dr. Rose said.
He said parents should also monitor their child's technological use throughout the day, as it can also impact sleep quality.
"There was a study that was done in teenage girls and it showed that the more time they spent during the day on some sort of technological device such as a phone or computer, the more fragmented their sleep was at night, so they had a poor quality of sleep at night," Dr. Rose said.