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