UofL Pediatrics specialist offers back-to-school sleep suggestions


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Getting their sleep schedule back on track after a lazy summer can be a challenge for returning students of every age. University of Louisville Pediatrics’ sleep psychologist Sarah Honaker, Ph.D., has a schedule that can help students return to school alert and well rested.

    “The majority of children do not get enough sleep during the school year, and this is particularly true during the first weeks of school,” Honaker said. “Gradually going to bed earlier and waking up earlier each day will help the transition between summer and the school year.”

    A National Sleep Foundation Poll suggested that more than half of school-age children and more than three-quarters of adolescents do not get the recommended amount of sleep on school nights. Recommendations for how much sleep is needed vary with age. Children ages 3-5 years old need 11-13 hours, children ages 6-12 years old need 10-11 hours and children ages 13-18 need approximately nine hours of sleep.

    Honaker’s sleep schedule is attached. For more information or to arrange an interview with Honaker, contact Anne Eldridge, (502) 852-0943.