Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bedtime is Braintime

Great job parents getting your 3rd Grader to school by 8:00 every morning.  I have noticed that quite a few kids in our class are having a hard time waking up in the morning when they get to school and more than a few have a hard time being alert and active all day.  How do you know if your kid is getting enough sleep?  Check out what the researchers from the University of Michigan have to say:                   
What do I need to know about school-age children and sleep?
School-aged children still need somewhere between 9 and 12 hours of sleep at night. At this age, kids usually start a trend toward becoming more and more sleep deprived. As the parents, you will need to help figure out how much sleep your child needs. Your child is getting the right amount of sleep if they:
  • Can fall asleep within 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Can wake up easily at the time they need to get up and don't need you to keep bugging them to get up.
  • Are awake and alert all day, and don't need a nap during the day.  Check with your child’s teacher and make sure your child is able to stay awake and alert during school.
In other words, if your child can go to bed, fall asleep easily, wake up easily, and not be tired during the day, then they're probably getting enough sleep.
Taken from: http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/sleep.htm#childrens  

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