Kid's Sleeping Schedule Tips for Back to School | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sleep Guidelines for Children Headed Back to School from a Loyola Pediatrician

MAYWOOD, IL – With children heading back to school, now is the time to create healthy sleeping habits, according to Hannah Chow, MD, a pediatrician and medical director of the Loyola Center for Health at North Riverside.

“Getting proper amounts of sleep is important for children to get the school year off to a good start," said Dr. Chow. "Now is the time to create a healthy foundation for the rest of the year."

Dr. Chow said the following guidelines should help get children on the right track for school:

  • Start shifting your child’s bedtime 10-15 minutes earlier for a few nights. Then shift another 10-15 minutes, repeating until the right bed time is achieved. Also, be sure the wake up time is gradually getting earlier.
  • Earlier bed times are not just for the little ones. Now is also the time to be firm with teenagers who want to go to bed later. Make sure they are getting back into an earlier bedtime/earlier wakeup routine, as well.
  • For children starting full-day school and missing naps for the first time, they will need to go to bed even earlier to make up for the missed extra sleep. It takes about a month or so to get adjusted to the longer day. 
  • Turn off the television and put away the iPads. Screen time should end at least 15-30 minutes before bedtime.  

As a reminder, the recommended number of hours of sleep for children ages 4-6 is 11-12 hours; ages 7-12 is 10-11 hours; and ages 13-plus is 9 hours.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.