Adjusting your child’s summer sleep schedule for back to school

(WTNH)– Parents listen up. While you’re enjoying the final weeks of summer with your children, it’s also time to help them make the transition to get ready to go back to school.

That means it’s time for the little ones to get back on a sleep schedule. Experts say it takes three weeks for your child’s body to make the adjustment.

During the summer months, kids often stay up a little later than their normal bedtime and sleep later in the mornings.

“The worst thing to do is to wait until the night before,” said Melanie Bland, a Child Expert at Clifford Beers Clinic. “Your child is going to have a very hard time, going from going to bed at at midnight to going to now needing to go to bed at 8 o’clock.”

Bland emphasized the importance of developing a transition period for kids so that they can start adjusting to waking up earlier.

And same for the morning wake up time. Gradually wake them up earlier each day.

Experts also say if your child’s school offers an orientation you should go with your child. That will help take some of the mystery away.

“Go to those orientations so that you can meet the teacher, know the layout of the school so that that’s going to decrease some of your anxiety,” Bland said.

Even prepping lunch for your child can help reduce their nerves.

Gradually taking these steps to transition back to school can help not just students, but also parents get off to a great start for the school year.

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