Transitioning back to school sleep schedule

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Soon students and parents across central Illinois will be setting the alarm clock just a little earlier.

But if you’re busy stretching your last days of summer don’t let it keep you up at night. Doctors say younger kids and teenagers should begin re-adjusting their sleep schedules about two weeks before school resumes. Students going from no planned schedule in the morning, to suddenly having a set schedule, can have impacts on their health.

“If we don’t sleep enough we’re going to be tired and not be as attentive in school,” said M.D Sarah Zallek, OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute. She adds, “It’s really important for a lot of reasons including emotional modulation as well.”

Keeping a similar routine on weekends is also important. Doctors say going to bed much later or sleeping in can actually cause a “jet lag” effect.

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