Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

How can a family work to transition their sleep schedule before school starts?

Dr. Weber discusses how to transition sleep schedules from summertime to school time. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Before the school year starts up, it’s important to start working from a less-strict summer sleep routine to a more-planned school sleep schedule.

Starting 10 to 14 days before school begins, gradually help your kids adjust back into their school year sleep schedule, according to the National Sleep FoundationOff Site Icon (NSF).

The foundation also recommends the following steps to help kids have a goodnight sleep every night:

  • Create a comfortable sleeping environment that is cool, quiet and dimly lit
  • Exercise and healthy eating both help promote good sleep
  • Have a relaxing routine that helps your kids wind down and fall to sleep peacefully
  • Keep electronics out of kids’ bedrooms, and make sure the end screen time at least an hour before bed
  • Stick with your bedtime as often as possible, even on weekends

Young children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night, and teens need at least eight hours of sleep, according to the American Council on ExerciseOff Site Icon.

For more information about getting you kids back into a good school time sleep routine, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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