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The coronavirus pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways, disrupting both our professional and personal routines. This major upset has left many people stressed, worried, and some lacking in good, quality sleep, which is a critical component of overall physical and mental health. While trying to maintain a normal sleep routine during these times is difficult, it is going to become critical for both parents and children as they head into the fall.
Summit Medical Group Pulmonologist and Director of Outpatient Sleep Services Dr. Alison Kole says, “One of my biggest observations since the onset of the pandemic is the loss of a weekday routine and schedule, which has had a detrimental impact on well-being.”
Whether your kids are heading back to school full time, part time, or preparing for some more long days at home, getting back to a healthy sleep schedule will produce a multitude of health benefits. Below, Dr. Kole provides six tips to help you and your child get some much-needed shut eye.
“Individuals have different sleep cycles and needs when it comes to sleep. However, keeping a regular sleep schedule is important no matter your age,” says Dr. Kole.
Director of Outpatient Sleep Services, Alison S. Kole, MD, MPH, FACCP, specializes in sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and insomnia. She is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and American Thoracic Society