Experts to parents: Time to adjust your child's sleep schedule

Dr. Erica Labar
Dr. Erica Labar

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's time for parents of JCPS students to reiterate those school schedules and bedtimes.

University of Louisville experts in pediatrics say families need to focus on providing a stable sleep schedule for their children for the upcoming school year.

"We recommend no more than a half an hour advancement every night when you're going to sleep," said Dr. Erica Labar, director of medicine for UofL Department of Pediatrics at Kosair Charities. "If your child needs 10 hours of sleep the first day, go back 30 minutes, then go back another 30 minutes the next day."

Labar says your child will need more or less sleep depending on their age.

"Pre-schoolers need between 11 and 13 hours of sleep," said Labar. "Now in school age that goes from 10 to 12 and then high schoolers and middle schoolers need at least nine hours of sleep at night."

As hard as it may be UofL experts say do not let your child use electronics one hour before bedtime, because it prevents them from sleeping.

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