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Back to School & Sleep Schedules

As we begin to near the end of summer, many are gearing up for going back to school, extracurriculars, and the busier schedules that once again become the norm during the fall months academic year. With that return to more of a routine day-to-day, comes the importance of children returning to a more regular sleep schedule, too!

According to The National Sleep Foundation, school-age children (ages 6-13) should be getting around 9-11 hours of sleep each night, while teenagers (ages 14-17) generally need a bit less - around 8 to 10 hours a night. These recommendations can vary depending on the individual and their activity levels, too. Getting enough of this quality sleep is crucial when it comes to kids succeeding in school - it can help improve focus and reduce daytime fatigue, along with offering other benefits.

Adjusting your child's sleep schedule in the weeks leading up to getting back into the classroom full-time will ensure that they start the year off on the right foot. Having your child wake up and go to bed 15 minutes earlier than they normally have been during the summer months will help with getting them back to a routine schedule. Modifying those times gradually, until your child is waking up and going to bed when they would be on a typical school day is key to getting back into a rhythm.

Make sure to schedule an appointment with your child's provider if you're concerned about the amount of sleep that they're getting. MCMC can also help adults who may be dealing with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and more. Be sure to ask about our accredited sleep study program today! Call (507) 836-6111 to learn more.

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