Monday, August 29, 2011

Sleep hygiene and the new school year

Make sure your child gets enough sleep

KENNEWICK, Wash.- Experts say if your child starts bringing home bad grades this school year, you might want to take them in for a sleep study.

Analysts at KGH's Columbia Sleep Center say many of their patients are children. They say young kids need at least ten hours of sleep a night; any less could lead to bad health and bad grades.

"Almost always are having difficulties with their school work. Either because they're falling asleep in class or unable to focus or pay attention in class," says Polysomnographic Technician Jay Miller.

Miller says you should have your child practice good sleep hygiene. Set up a consistent bed time, turn off the TV, and don't have dinner any later than three hours before it's time to go to sleep.

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