EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — Dr. Jospeh Dombrowsky of El Paso’s 8-hour sleep clinic says an inconsistent sleep schedule has big consequences for students.
“Often times we see difficulty sleeping at night manifest into poor academic performance that can often times present with itself through attention defict and hyper activity, and other behavioral issues”, says Dombrowsky.
Dombrowsky says kids with inconsistent sleep schedules are essentially causing themselves jet lag, and hindering their social performance in the classroom, as well.
He says the key to breaking bad sleep schedules and setting kids up for success during the school year starts with what time they're waking up.
Dombrowsky says parents should have a consistent bedtime and wakeup time set for students 7 days a week so they're ready to hit the books first thing Monday morning.
He says parents can make sure their kids are sticking to their sleep schedule even on weekends by feeding them a nutritious dinner before bedtime and making sure their kid’s bedroom is an electronic-free zone.
Dombrowsky says students in elementary and middle school should aim to get 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night.
Students in high school should sleep for about 10 to 11 hours per night, and make sure they’re waking up at the same time everyday.
Some signs your child isn’t getting enough sleep at night include snoring, restlessness, and teeth grinding.