ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thousands of students across Southwest Georgia will go back to school this week. Students will be readjusting to waking up bright and early to start the school day.
It can be a tough task for students to roll out of bed early after a summer of sleeping in later.
There are a few things parents can do to make this transition back to school easier for students.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends school age children should get at least nine hours of sleep each night. They recommend teenagers should get at least eight.
To make sure kids are getting enough sleep, Dr. Craig Hughes of Southwest Georgia Pediatrics recommends parents should focus first on waking their children up on time, and then gradually set an earlier bed time.
He said one of the best things to do is limit screen time before bed time.
"So yeah, back to gaming, screen time, all that stuff, don't do it at least an hour prior to going to sleep. And get them into the habits of okay, lets do some reading, even if they're in high school or whatever. You know, things that are going to calm them down and help them relax a little bit more," said Hughes.
He recommends sticking to a routine schedule throughout the school year to keep students on track.
Hughes also urges parents to keep up with their student's regular doctor appointments.
He said it's also important to remind your children to practice healthy habits like hand washing to prevent the spread of germs.
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