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Based on recent feedback I’ve received from parents, I encourage you to talk with your child about sleep.  They may not know how important it is and how much they need.  You may be able to discuss together how to optimize their schedule so that they can get more of the sleep they need.  Good quality and amount of sleep = academic success!

Acalanes students need SLEEP to:

  • Excel in the classroom by maximizing attention, memory and learning abilities
  • Perform better in sports by being faster, stronger and more accurate
  • Feel positive and have a more optimistic attitude toward life
  • Look their best and maintain a healthy weight
  • Have fun and enjoy life by making better decisions and staying safe

Teens need between 8-10 hours of sleep per night. Working backwards, if your student can get to school on time if they sleep until 7am, they should be considering going to bed as early as 9pm but not later than 11pm. Parents can assist their students in prioritizing their sleep environment and sleep windows.

To optimize sleep quality, parents can help by:

  • Keeping digital devices out of the room
  • Leaving 3 hours between eating and going to sleep
  • Having a wind-down time before bed
  • Being prepared for the next day before going to bed (including having breakfast and snacks ready/available)

When you go visit prospective colleges, think about visiting the Student Health Center. They are expertly equipped to address a variety of health and wellness issues for 18-25 year olds, whose bodies and brains are still growing and developing

See my website for more information.

Always Your School Nurse,
Dvora Citron, RN, MS, 925-280-2970 x7128
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