Expert: Kids Should Get In Back To School Sleep Pattern In Advance

Bill Sencio
August 22, 2018 - 2:05 pm

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTIC) - A new school year is nearly upon us, and that means after a summer staying up late, children will have to shift back into school sleep mode. Sleep experts say it's better to do that now, and not wait until the night before the first day. 

Dr. Daniel McNally, Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at UConn Health, says a good nights sleep is essential for kids, not just in terms of academics. 

"It's important for [kids] to make time for sleep, and they will hopefully see it as an important thing to do," Dr. McNally said. "There's a lot of data that kids who have less sleep, or are sleep deprived, have more difficulties academically, more difficulties behaviorally, and even socially." 

McNally also suggests turning off screens that emit light such as computers, TVs, and phones 90 minutes before bed time, so the body can reset its internal clock.