A USA Today report examines the different types of technology that can help children get the proper amount of sleep.

Back to stress is inevitable, and a whole new round of classes means crazy schedules, after-school activities, and too little sleep. Without enough Z’s, we’re nothing more than a bunch of slobbering zombies, and we often forget that rest should be a major priority. The good news is, there’s a whole suite of genius tech tools to help you and your kids catch the required amount of shut-eye.

Depending on how old your kids are, experts say they need between 8-11 hours of sleep at night. Recent studies show more than half of American teens are lucky to get seven per night.

Not only that, if they go online before bed they’re 3 times more likely to fall short of 5 hours of sleep — which is nowhere near the recommended number and bad news for physical and mental health.

If your child does a lot of schoolwork on a computer or mobile device, download free software called f.lux. It emulates a natural day and night cycle that gradually cuts out the sleep-hampering blue hue of a digital screen as the sun sets, making it much easier to drift off once their head hits the pillow.

Read the full story at www.usatoday.com