You can't blame teachers for wanting their students to get in eight hours of shut-eye. A well-rested grade-schooler is a better learner, studies show. Kids who are tired have trouble paying attention and controlling their emotions, both of which can sabotage class time.
So it's no wonder that a kindergarten-and-first-grade teacher at Wilson Elementary in Kenosha, Wisconsin, posted a helpful sleep chart that answers parents' question: "What time should my kid go to bed on school nights?" It's super-useful, breaking down bedtimes by the hour a 5- to 12-year-old has to get up in the a.m.
Helpful information!Posted by Wilson Elementary on Friday, August 28, 2015
The problem is that the bedtimes may be a tad unrealistic for working parents, as many moms and dads posting on the school's Facebook page noted. After all, working parents have to arrive home, make dinner, help their kids with homework, then bathe and tuck them in, and how the heck can you get all that done by 7 p.m. (if your child has to wake up at 6:15)? Older kids have homework and after-school activities (especially team sports like flag football) to take into account, too.
As kids' sleep experts told the Huffington Post, how many hours of z's a child needs is pretty individual. And of course you have to consider your whole family's schedule. But if you find that it's a struggle to wake up your kiddo every single morning, or he seems tired or moody, then chances are he's not getting enough rest. In that case, tweak the bedtime routine, downsize the after-school activities, or do whatever it takes so your child can get his fill.
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