Doctor advises families get into routine before school year begins


    <p>Doctors recommend that prepping kids’ days in advance with an early bedtime can make a huge difference. (WCHS/WVAH){/p}

    It's been a fun summer for Joey, Tatum and Berklee Arbes. With school just around the corner, their routine is quickly changing

    “We go to bed at 8, our mom makes us,” Joey said. “She wants us to be well rested so we're not tired in the morning.”

    Doctors, in fact, recommend that. Dr. Jamie Jeffrey is the Medical Director for the Healthy Kid Wellness Program at Charleston Area Medical Center and says prepping kids’ days in advance with an early bedtime can make a huge difference.

    “Their brain needs sleep,” Jeffrey said. “In order to concentrate, they need sleep for a well-balanced healthy child.”

    Beth Arbes, the mother of the three girls and a newborn son, said it’s very important to start a couple of weeks ahead of school starting. Her routine also changes.

    “For me, I set my alarm clock back an hour early,” Beth said. “I make sure I have coffee ready. It's an adjustment for me too to get them out the door with lunches packed.”

    Arbes said for her, it helps to pick a specific bed time and stick to it.

    “The main thing is getting everybody in bed on time,” she said. “After a week they fall into place.”

    Jeffery said teenagers require more sleep and should get around 10 hours of rest every night.

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