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Healthier Me: Summer Sleep Schedules for Kids

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School is out for summer, but doctors say sleep schedules shouldn't go by the wayside.

Summer vacation often means different things for kids than it does for parents. No class doesn't mean there is no schedule.Kids may not have to get up for class, but they are often involved in a lot of activities during the summer, and doctors say they need to get sleep to be on top of their game for those things.  

The start of the new school year in the fall will be here before you know it. So, doctors say it is time to think about sleep schedules now and always.

Dr. Arveity Setty at Sanford Health in Fargo specialized in pediatric sleep issues. He says, "the problem is when the school year starts they are not able to fall asleep soon enough and they can't wake up in the morning." He adds, "if they do get up on time -- during the first few classes they are more sleepy."

 Doctor Setty also points out that sleep plays a critical role in children's healthy growth and development. Beyond just affecting their moods, behaviors, and academic performances, insufficient sleep has also been associated with lower social skills and learning disabilities. 

So, how much sleep do our kids need? According to the experts: 

* Newborns need 16-18 hours a day

* Preschool-aged children 11-12 hours a day

* School-aged children at least 10 hours a day

* Teens 9-10 hours a day

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