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Resetting kids' body clocks for back to school

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Before parents set the alarm clock they need to help reset the body clock of their children to get to school on time.

The body clock is not a theoretical idea, said Dr. Gary Trock, a neurologist and sleep expert from Beaumont Hospital.

"There is actually a structure in the brain it has a big long name, the Suprachiasmatic nucleus," he said.

Trock says that four simple environmental factors impact your body clock.

"That clock can be changed," he said. Trock listed stimuli like light, physical activity, social interaction and eating.

That means to adjust the body clock one needs to cut back on all of those things right before bed time.

Some tips to follow include:

Make sure the room is dark.

Limited social interaction

Take away electronics.

"The bed room should be a sanctuary just for sleep," Trock said. "Things like text messaging, computers, homework, electronic media, all of these things should be in a different room.

"The bedroom should be just for sleep."

It may take a week or two to make the change so the time to start is right now.

Appropriate sleep is so important and not just for kids.



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