Getting kids back on their school year sleep schedule

Get your kids on their new sleep schedule a week before school begins / Brittany Collins (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- With school starting back soon, it's important to get kids back on their sleep schedule.

Dave and Sierica Vincent want to make sure their kids are in bed by 8:30 p.m. and sleep by 9 p.m.

"We try to get them showered and their bath out of the way between the hours of 6:30 and 7," Sierica said.

This summer, Braydon and Bryson Vincent have been going to bed by 10 p.m., but Sierica said the hard part will be getting them up by 6 a.m.

"With them being now at their ages, where he's six and he's nine, it's not hard for them to get back on track with them going to bed on time," Sierica said. "The hardest part is them getting up in the mornings."

Sleep physician Avinesh Bhar recommends parents wake their kids up at their normal school time a week before school starts.

"Their body clocks will readjust so that they will get tired enough that by 8 or 9 at night," Bhar said. "They'll be tired enough that they'll fall asleep on time."

He also said the environment should be relaxing an hour before bedtime and they shouldn't be on any electronics.

"No soft drinks," Bhar advised. "Nothing with caffeine in it. Nothing high in sugar. These are things that will activate the body as opposed to calming to it down."

This year, Dave and Sierica's roles are changing.

"Last year he was taking them to school," Sierica said. "This year, I'll be taking them to school. He will be picking them up."

And so are their sleep schedules.

"Because i'm used to sleeping in at 7, but now I have to wake up at 5 in the morning to make sure they're good," she said.

Bhar recommends kids between the ages of six and 12 get nine to 12 hours of sleep a night.

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