For many kids, summer vacation meant staying up later than usual, sleeping in, and doing it all over again the next day. That often leads to a difficult transition in the first few weeks of the school year, when kids must adjust — often, very quickly — to a new, and earlier, schedule. But school start-times aren’t the only culprit. Anxiety and emotional adjustments can ruin a good night’s sleep just as easily. This is especially true for younger kids who are brand-new to school, or who are just embarking on their first full-days of school after half-day kindergarten.
Gillette sleep specialist Dr. John Garcia suggests ‘debriefing’ with your child after every school day — asking them, for example, about their favorite and least-favorite part. Talking through questions and worries with mom or dad can pave the way for a restful night of sleep. Here’s a short video with more tips from Dr. Garcia.
Dr. Garcia is a board-certified sleep specialist. He works with patients who have disabilities and associated sleep disorders.