Doctors Say Students Should Establish a Back to School Sleep Schedule Now

August 10, 2017, 10:15 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — An important part in preparing for back to school is establishing a proper routine for sleep.

Doctors say now is the time to get your kids back on that school year schedule because it could take nearly two weeks to get your body used to a new sleep schedule.

The younger the kids are, the more sleep they are going to need. “My bed time is now eight o’clock for the summer, but it is going to go back to seven,” said 7-year-old Andrew Herman.

“From the ages of 6 to 12, kids need between 9 to 12 hours of sleep,” said Dr. Rebecca Matthews. “That is a lot of sleep, so average about 10 to 11 hours.”

Teenagers need about 8 to 9 hours of sleep.

Doctors say you should also limit any electronics two to three hours before bedtime. If you have younger children, limit their liquid intakes so they do not wake up frequently throughout the night.