After a summer of staying up late and sleeping in each morning, it is very hard to get your kids to adjust to a more strict sleeping routine.
Dr. Carol Ash, director of sleep medicine at Meridian Health told The Today Show's Willie Geist and Al Roker that it's very important to get the kids back on track as classes start because a lack of sleep will cause problems with academic performance.
"Kids are more sensitive to sleep loss," Ash said. "They have different physiology."
Adults may ask what's the big deal; why not just put them to bed earlier? Dr. Ash says it's harder for kids to actually go to bed earlier because they have a slower response to normal sleep cues.
Kids actually need more sleep than adults, so it is recommended that they get anywhere from 9-to-10 hours of sleep per night, as compared to between 7-and-8 hours for adults, Dr. Ash said.
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To help kids get back into a normal sleeping routine, Dr. Ash offered these tips:
- Adjust bedtime by 15 minutes per night - This will gradually get them closer to their ideal sleep schedule. Make it a family effort.
(The Today Show contributed to this report.)