Back To School Bedtime Blues

This article, entitled "Back to School Bedtime Blues," comes from Rachel Phillips, MomsEveryday blogger from Wichita, KS.

I don’t know about you but for my family the hardest part of going back to school is adjusting 2 little girls and mommy to getting up early again.

Soon the days of staying up late and watching movies and sleeping in will be over. My 9-year-old tries to negotiate at the start of every school year for a later bedtime.

I agree in theory that a 4th grader should not have to go to bed as early kindergartner. But what is the right bedtime for school age kids?

Well, according to, School-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. Each child’s actual sleep needs vary individually, but this is a general rule. And remember, this is how much they need to actually sleep…not just when they crawl in bed.

So when you figure betimes and alarm clocks, don’t forget that the bedtime story, night time prayers, extra drink and “where’s my favorite stuffed animal?”, do not count in this allotted time. Also, your child will rest better if he/she does something quiet or relaxing before bed.

Even the little ones need to unwind. Not only are our kiddos crankier when they have a lack of sleep, but Kids Health also says they can not focus as well in school, perform inconsistently, have delayed response time, have decreased short term memory, extreme behavior, or become hyper. Additionally they note, “sleep deprivation adds up over time, so an hour less per night is like a full night without sleep by the end of the week.”

That certainly explains a lot around this house. But, now that I know what my girls need for sleep we can do the math together and there should be no arguments, right? Wishful thinking I’m sure.

About the Author...
Rachel Phillips
Riding horses, going to the lake, beach vacations, little league sports and church activities is how the Phillips family spends most of its time together.
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