Important to change sleep patterns before school begins

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — In a few short weeks, students all across the area will head back to the classrooms to begin the new school year.

As is usually the case, sleep schedules will have to be altered again to make sure students get the right amount of sleep in order to be successful in the classroom.

Altering their sleep schedule helps make the transition from summer to school easier and healthier.

It’s important to make gradual changes to the bedtime pattern now, though.

Those gradual changes help prevent the behavioral and academic problems many students experience.

A good rule of thumb is to back up bedtime by 15 minutes at a time for two weeks before school starts.

Also, turn off all electronics in the bedroom, because the lights can trick the brain into thinking that it’s still daytime.

Lastly, limit the amount of caffeine intake before bedtime.

It’s advised to cut off sodas and chocolate six hours before bedtime.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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