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Experts: Bedtime Routines Important in Summer Months

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Local experts stress the importance of keeping a bedtime routine even in summer months.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Local experts stress the importance of keeping a bedtime routine even in summer months.

For many people, getting a good night’s sleep is easier said than done, especially in the summer months when it stays daylight later. Sleep, however, is very important no matter the season, according to CoxHealth Sleep Disorders Center Branson Sleep Supervisor Terry Hicks.

While the amount of sleep needed varies from person to person, a good, general rule of thumb is eight hours for adults and eight to ten hours for children and teenagers.

A bedtime routine is one of the best ways to ensure you and your children are getting a good night’s rest.

According to Hicks, the routine should start early in the day, long before it is time for lights out.

Hicks suggests avoiding caffeinated or sugary beverages or candy after 4 p.m. When it gets closer to bedtime, the routine should include such things as turning off the TV and other electronics, brushing teeth as well as quieting and darkening bedrooms.

For more information about pediatric sleep disorders, call CoxHealth Sleep Disorders Center at 417-269-5575. For more information about Cox Medical Center Branson’s sleep lab and its services, call 417-335-7559.

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