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Encourage healthy sleep schedules for excellence in school and sports

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that sleep is, in fact, beauty rest. Researchers at the University of Michigan said that a solid sleeping pattern can make you feel better and look more attractive, but there are plenty of other reasons why you and your kids need some REM sleep. School-age children need to get between nine and 12 hours of sleep each night, and teens need between nine and 10 hours. If your kids are in sports like football, basketball or hockey, it's even more important for them to be well-rested each day. 

Children who are lacking sleep tend have impaired judgment and are prone to making bad decisions and mistakes. Parents can take a few steps to make sure their kids are getting enough rest.

Encourage your child to wake up early on the weekends so he or she stays on a solid sleep schedule. Although they will probably want to snooze later than normal, waking up and going to bed around the same time each day will help them stay on track.

Limit your child's use of electronic devices before bedtime. The bright light from computers, tablets and smartphones can make it difficult for him or her to fall asleep. 

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