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Beat back-to-school bedtime blunders

(IMG:WPMI) How to get children back on a school bedtime routine.

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Summer is ending and school is back in session, but it may be hard to get your little student back on a "school bedtime schedule."

Pediatricians have revealed the best way to help your child fall to sleep and wake up for school with ease, and it all starts with timing.

Pediatricians say the secret is going slow so the new bedtime is hardly noticeable.

Try using increments of 15 minutes.

For example, tonight have them go to bed at 9:45 and tomorrow have them go to bed at 9:30, and so on.

And do the same in the morning.

Have them wake up 15 minutes earlier each day until you reach the desired time.

You could also make it 30 minutes each day if you're in a pinch to make this change happen quicker.

Believe it or not, the recommendations for elementary and middle school students, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, is 10-12 hours of sleep each night!

And 8-10 hours each night for high schoolers.

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