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How to get your kids back on a sleep routine as they go back to school

Posted at 8:13 PM, Jul 25, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Soon, most kids in Central Indiana will have to go back to school.

For parents, it can be a stressful time getting everyone back on a good sleep routine. We want to help you get your kids back on an adjusted bed-time routine.

If your kids have been staying up later and sleeping in longer during the summer, sleep experts and doctors say to start now and roll their bedtime back. Do it in increments and put your kids to bed about 15 to 20 minutes earlier each evening. This should help your children fall asleep more easily the night before the first day of school.

Experts say kids need about 10 to 12 hours of sleep.

"This is now the time you should be moving the bed time up and that bedtime routine close to bedtime,” Dr. Celina Moore, a pediatrician, said. "Start bedtime routine about 45 minutes before bed."

Janelle Aubert with The Cradle Coach suggests that you look at your kids' diet and cut back on sugar.

She also says first time students can experience some sleep regression from the stress of a new routine, so tell your young ones exactly what to expect before, during and after school.