Adjust Your Kids Sleep Schedule Before The 2018 School Year

Children need about nine hours of shuteye a night

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - With the school year approaching, it is important for children to get back into the routine of going to bed earlier.

Dr. Khalid Malik, Pulmonologist and Sleep Medicine Specialist at Allegheny Health Network, joined KDKA Radio on Wednesday to tell listeners how to adjust children’s sleep schedules and how important it is.

Dr. Malik says, “When you go to sleep, you go through a sleep cycle.”

During the sleep cycle, the brain goes through multiple stages;

“You are in light sleep, then you go into deep sleep, then you go into REM which is your dream stage,” Dr. Malik added.

During REM sleep, a person’s body is paralyzed but the brain is very active.

“Memory consolidation is more during REM sleep, so if you have enough sleep it does consolidate your learning habits,” Dr. Malik said.

If a child does not go through the sleep cycle, he or she will suffer in the classroom. It will affect concentration capabilities. Memory and learning all happen when you are asleep. According to Dr. Malik,

“Children need about nine hours” of sleep every night.

During the summer, kids get out of their normal pattern of sleep and stay up later. In order for those kids to get back into the swing of things, parents should,

“Change their times to go to bed. That should be an incremental 10-15 minutes earlier every night,” said Dr. Malik.

They should also stay away from phones and iPads when lying down. Dr. Malik tells Larry and John,

“Electronics should be out of the bed. Blue light as we know is bad, that keeps your brain awake.”

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