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BACK 2 SCHOOL: Easing kids into a school year bedtime routine

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BACK 2 SCHOOL: Easing kids into a school year bedtime routine

IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE BUT KIDSHEAD BACK TO SCHOOL IN JUSTTWO WEEKS.

AND THAT MEANS IT'STIME TO SHIFT KIDS BEDTIMES.BUT EXPERTS WARN PARENTSSHOULDN'T TRY TO DO ITOVERNIGHT.

ALICIA SMITH HAS ATHREE STEP STRATEGY TO GETBEDTIME BACK ON TRACK.THE DAYS OF SUMME━FUN ARENUMBERED.

SO ARE THE NIGHTSWITH NO STRICT BEDTIME CRYSTALHUNTER━ A MOTHE━O━ THREE━KNOWS CHANGING THEIR SLEEPROUTINE WILL BE A CHALLENGE.“WE'RE GOING TO START TODAYAND WORK OUR WAY THROUGH IT.""HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DOTHAT?" "LORD, I DON'T KNOW."“NYQUIL” SERIOUSLY, THE WHOLETRANSITION CAN BE*ALARMING*"OVERALL, HOW LONG WILL ITTAKE FOR PARENTS TO DO THISPROCESS WITH THE KIDS?" "ITSHOULD TAKE ABOUT TWO WEEKS INGENERAL” DR. MEETA SINGH ISTHE CHIEF OF SLEEP MEDICINE ATTHE HENRY FORD SLEEP DISORDERCENTER IN NOVI.

SHE'SLITERALLY THE SLEEP DOCTOR TOTHE PROS━ MORE THAN A HAL━A━DOZEN PRO SPORTS TEAMSLISTEN TO HE━ INCLUDING ALL4 TEAMS HERE IN DETROIT.

SHERECOMMENDS A THRE━STEPSTRATEGY FOR TRANSITIONINGKIDS BACK TO THEIR SCHOO━YEARSLEEP SCHEDULE.

ONE, SHIFTBEDTIMES/WAKE UP TIMESGRADUALLY FOR AT LEAST TWOWEEKS.“START GOING TO BED 15MINUTES EARLIER.

AND WAKING UP15 MINUTES EARLIER.

AND DOTHAT FOR 2 OR 3 DAYS.

AND THENDO THAT AGAIN.

AND THEN SLOWLYYOU GET BACK TO THE TIME YOUNEED TO GO TO BED” MAKE SURETHEY CONTINUE THIS ON WEEKENDS━ NOT JUST WEEKDAYS.

2.

TWO,SET AG━ APPROPRIATE SLEEPGOALS.

DR. SINGH SAYSTEENAGERS NEED NINE HOURS OFSLEEP PER NIGHT..

ANDELEMENTARY AND MIDDLESCHOOLERS NEED 10 HOURS ANIGHT.

THE REASON??“WHILEYOU'RE ASLEEP, YOU KNOW, ALLTHE THINGS THAT ARE ESSENTIALFOR GROWTH━ INCLUDING MENTALDEVELOPMENT, BRAIN DEVELOPMENT━ IS WHAT'S TAKING PLACE.

SOYES, YOUNG ADULTS ANDCHILDREN, THEY NEED MORESLEEP” THREE, MAKE THEBEDROOM LIKE A CAVE━ COLD ANDDARK.

THE COLD ENCOURAGES KIDSTO SNUGGLE IN.

THE DARK IS ALLABOUT WHAT DR. SINGH CALLS“STRATEGIC LIGHT AVOIDANCE”DRAW THE CURTAINS.

TURN OFFLIGHTS..

BUT AS IMPORTANT━NO ━VS, TABLETS, SMARTPHONES, OR OTHER ELECTRONICSDURING WIN━ DOWN TIME.

ANDWHEN YOU WAKE UP..

DO THEOPPOSITVE.

EMBRACE BRIGHTNESS.SALUTE THE SUN.THA




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