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Get your kids back-to-school ready by going to bed early

Dr. Santanu Das says kids need at least nine hours of sleep every night and the best way to do that is to turn off the screens.

KATHLEEN, Ga. — The start of the new school year is about a week away, which means it is time to get kids back on a regular sleep schedule.

Joette Dewey and her family in Kathleen spent the summer swimming, visiting friends in Florida and staying up past their bedtime.

"They've been staying up pretty late playing little computer games and all that stuff. So yeah, we gotta get back on that schedule," Dewey said.

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She said her three kids, Cadence, Alyssa and Breynlee, will go back to their regular sleep schedule Sunday night to get ready for school on Thursday.

"I don't know if they're sleeping by 9, but they're usually in bed by 9," she said.

Dr. Santanu Das, a Pediatrician at Pediatric First in Warner Robins, recommends students get at least nine hours of sleep a night.

"Sleep is very important because a tired brain cannot focus a tired brain cannot learn," Das said.

He said the best way to get back on a regular schedule is by turning off your screens.

"There should be a curfew time for electronics," he said.

Das says younger kids need more sleep than high schoolers because they get tired faster at school.

Dewey says she has one child in each grade level, elementary, middle and high school. She says it will be chaotic, but they are ready.

"It'll be a fun year. I'm excited," she said.

Something else she is excited about? Getting herself back on a normal sleeping schedule.

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