The first few weeks of school seem to wear students out. Often this is because bedtime hasn’t changed; however, “get up” time is much earlier. Experts recommend 12 hours of sleep for children. According to Dr. Lee Brooks, an attending pulmonologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, when kids meet the adequate number of sleep hours for their age on a regular basis, they’re likely to see benefits including better behavior, attention span, learning, memory, emotional regulation, and overall quality of life. Not getting enough sleep is linked with more injuries, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and depression, among other health problems.
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