Can you believe it is already time to start talking about going back to school? It seems like the summer just began. But the reality is, that August 14th first day of school for Sevier County is right around the corner.

Fortunately, there are a few summer weeks left. However, within those weeks, you are going to want to do all you can to prepare your child to go back to school. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville has some tips on how to do just that, starting with establishing a sleep routine.

How Much Sleep Does My Child Need?

The amount of sleep your child needs will depend on his or her age. Preschoolers need between 10 and 13 hours of quality sleep each night, while children ages 6 to 13 need nine to 11 hours.

Once kids reach their teens, they need between eight and 10 hours. Regardless of where your child falls in the sleep guidelines, it’s important to establish an effective bedtime routine to set him or her up for optimal sleep.

Bedtime Basics

  • Set a specific bedtime and wake time—and start practicing them weeks before school begins.
  • Create a winding down routine that might include a snack, a bath, a book reading or music.
  • Turn off all electronics an hour or so before bedtime.
  • Keep the bedroom cool and dark for optimal sleep.

Why Is a Morning Routine Important for Your Child?

On the flipside of that bedtime routine, your child will also need an effective morning routine. After all, we all know how bad it feels to get the morning started on a chaotic note!

Set your child up for success by establishing—and sticking to—a routine that can become habit.

Building a Morning Routine

  • Prepare school lunches and book bags the night before, when possible.
  • Get up before your kids so you can start getting ready before them.
  • Make a morning routine chart that includes brushing teeth and making bed.
  • Ensure kids and adults alike have a healthy breakfast to start off the day.

Does your child need a sports physical before returning to school? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Sevierville today!