Sleepy Students

A WFISD school official gives parents and students helpful tips on how to adjust sleeping habits for new school year.

Students in Texoma are a week in a half into this school year and many are having a tough time putting summer vacation behind them.

"That first week of school is really rough on them," said Julie Henderson, Public Education and Health specialist for the Wichita Falls Independent School District.

Newschannel 6 Jimmie Johnson wanted to know more about the challenge teachers face getting students back on track and ready to learn.

The American Pediatric Association believes the average child should receive anywhere between 8 1/2 and 9 1/2 hours of sleep.

However, during the summer many throw that concept out the window a tough transition that makes it difficult for students returning back to the classroom.

Wichita Falls Independent School officials said making sure students get the proper amount of sleep is key.

"There are so many aspects that sleep or the lack of sleep can affect a student's performance," said Henderson."It helps them to not only focus academically and their concentration, but it also plays a big part in their behavior."

A Kirby Junior High School teacher told Newschannel 6 some students are still in summer mode. Many are tired, inattentive or just not ready to learn.

So we wanted to find out what you can do to make sure your child is fully rested and ready for the classroom.

Henderson said there is no perfect way to go about doing it. She said knowing your child's required amount of sleep is important.

"As a parent of three, I have one that requires more sleep than the other two and always has," said Henderson.

She said it's not just about the amount of sleep and quality of the sleep also matters.

Common problems that prevent students from getting a goodnights rest can be medication taken, caffeine consumption, breathing or snoring issues, and now cell phone use.

"First it was the TV, video games, computers, and now that phone is right there," said Henderson.

, Newschannel 6