MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Transistioning your student back into a school-year routine can be tough. As you move the bedtime and wake up call earlier, it’s important to remember learning and sleeping go hand in hand
“The things that kids learn during the day, that information is consolidated at night while we sleep,” Professor of Psychology at Coastal Carolina University Dr. Miranda Brenneman said. “That information is moved into long term memory.”
Developing that bedtime routine can help make the process better. One tip Dr. Brenneman says is to get rid of screen time one to two hours before going to sleep.
That means things like television, video games and iPhones or iPads.
“Light actually stimulates our brain and gets it moving,” Dr. Brenneman said. “Having late night TV, computer time, phone time, being on an iPad, all of those things that have screens that glow interrupt sleep and prolongs falling asleep.”
She says the amount of sleep can vary from person to person, but it’s important to remember that small kids need more sleep.
Not getting those important zzzz’s can be issue not only to the ability to learn but also in the ability to function
“Adults tend to slow down while kids can actually speed up and become almost hyper,” Dr. Brenneman said. “Some of the symptoms can be confused or attributed to things like ADHD.”
She says some tips for helping your child adjust to the new schedule is to slowly slide their bedtime earlier by 15 minutes at a time and to keep the room cooler but not too cold while they sleep.