If your child has been staying up later than usual this summer, now is the time to start winding back bedtime.
Depending on how late they’ve been staying up, adjust their bedtime gradually so that they’re ready – and willing – to go to sleep when you need them to during the school year. Most teenagers need from 8 to 9 hours every night. Children ages 5 to 12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Preschoolers need even more – from 11 to 13 hours.