More hours of Sunlight may mean more difficulty falling asleep

If you suspect you might have a sleep disorder or have many sleepless nights, seek assistance from your Primary Care Manager.

Patch Middle School Newsletter

At this time of year the hours of daylight keep getting longer. Although we may love the long bright sunny days, many people may struggle with adjusting their internal clocks and it can greatly affect their sleep. In fall and winter we use the darkening evenings to tell our bodies it is time to sleep. Without the hours of darkness before bedtime some people cannot calm their bodies or know that they are tired.

To help you and your child adjust and get the sleep you both need set up a bedtime routine that helps prepare your bodies and minds for sleep. Cut off all electronics at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Have a calming routine (bedtime story, quiet time in bedroom, cup of warm Chamomile tea) 30 minutes before bedtime. Black out windows so the sun does not shine in your bedroom. Sleep is essential and lack of sleep
has a negative effect on children’s ability to perform at school and an adult’s ability to concentrate at work.

Age Recommended Amount of Sleep

  • Newborns: 16–18 hours a day
  • Preschool-aged children: 11–12 hours a day
  • School-aged children: At least 10 hours a day
  • Teens: 9–10 hours a day
  • Adults (including the elderly): 7–8 hours a day