Back to school, back to the books, and for most students the toughest assignment to start the new year is getting out of bed each morning.
Dr. Anuj Chandra says "Many studies have shown our kids are more sleep deprived now than ever before."
That's because studies show the majority of kids are simply going to bed too late and getting up too early to rack up the hours they need to concentrate in school.
Dr. Anuj Chandra says "That's leading to increased motor vehicle accident in high schoolers, more truancy rates, poor school performance, drop in standardized testing."
After a much more laid back summer, Braden Hardy whose in high school agrees, that getting a good night's sleep is important.
Braden Hardy, Student says "If I haven't got a good night's sleep I feel tired and can't focus at all really hard on my work and stuff."
Dr. Chandra has this advice for parents and students when it comes to getting a good night's sleep: Unplug, stop all electronics two hours before bedtime, watch your consumption of caffeine, and as a recent study pointed out, try and keep a regular bedtime schedule.
Dr. Anuj Chandra says "It basically shows that consistent bed time schedules in children are very important associated with significant improvement in IQ."
Braden Hardy says "I still do have set bed time in summer not as early as school times."
Experts recommend that students in grades 1-12 get between 9-11 hours of sleep each night because a lack of sleep can not only lead to problems in school for children, but also serious health problems.
Dr. Anuj Chandra says "Juvenile childhood diabetes, childhood high blood pressure, and obesity, and sleep apnea."
So if your child is not getting a good night's sleep, try making some simple changes, but if the problem persists, you may need to seek professional help.... because getting the proper amount of rest should be one of their top assignments.