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Sleep & Students

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 The lazy days of summer are over,  they've given way to packed schedules, homework, and after-school activities, but  the toughest of all for most students could be  waking up early.

Dr. Anuj Chandra,  Advanced Center For Sleep Disorders "The first two weeks can be extremely strenuous for the parents, students and children because they are on a different time zone completely."

Dr. Anuj Chandra  went on to say getting back into the school routine is very difficult for most students and it usually takes the body a couple of weeks to adjust.

Dr. Anuj Chandra says "They're running on a sleep deficit which is playing havoc with their biological rhythms, hormones, attention span."

So how much sleep should students be getting each night?

For elementary students, Dr. Chandra says they should be getting 10-11 hours, -middle schoolers need 9-10 hours, -and teenagers should be getting 8-9 hours each night. 

While that may be ideal, it certainly isn't always possible.  But parents like Roger Leiviska say they try to get as close as possible to those recommendations.

Roger Leiviska, Parent of Pre-K Student says "Now he's in the bath by 7, bed by 8, he's usually asleep by 9 with him being almost 5, he definitely needs his rest, so that's been the biggest thing cutting him back."

Not getting enough sleep can not only lead to problems in school with staying focused and completing assignments, but also health issues as well.

Dr. Anuj Chandra says "It will lead to more problems including obesity which we are facing an epidemic of."

So now that school is in session, Dr. Chandra says it's important to keep students on a regular routine of waking up and going to bed.

Dr. Anuj Chandra says "Sleep needs to be a priority for kids of any age."

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