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Get Ready For School, Help Reset Your Child’s Body Clock Now [AUDIO]

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UNDATED – Your kids will be heading back to school in a few weeks, but now is the time to start getting them ready, with a regular bedtime routine.

Doctor Troy Payne is the Medical Director for the St. Cloud Hospital Sleep Center.  He says most kids need at least nine hours of sleep each night.

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Payne says the average teenager in the U.S. gets only about six-and-a-half hours of sleep each night.

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He also says there’s really no reason for kids ever to drink energy drinks, because of their high caffeine content.

Inadequate sleep can have a negative effect on your health, performance in school, and mood.

If your child struggles with lack of sleep, try these tips:

  • Have children complete homework early and not wait until bedtime.
  • Have regular bedtime and wake time — even on weekends.
  • Provide downtime by reading before bed to settle the mind and unwind.
  • Restrict TV time and video games, especially scary movies before bed.
  • Limit or eliminate caffeine. Do not drink caffeinated beverages six hours before bedtime.
  • For teenagers who can’t get out of bed before noon, avoid light at night and bring on more light in the morning.

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