Baylor College of Medicine: While a virtual schedule might have allowed students to sleep in a little later, returning to school in person requires waking up earlier to get ready for the day. 

“I think the biggest concern is that the virtual environment of last year led to some unstructured schedules since it did not need a full morning routine that requires waking up early, getting dressed, preparing lunches and transport to schools,” said Dr. Philip Alapat, assistant professor of sleep medicine at Baylor. “When we remove all those things, students are just able to get out of bed and jump on to the computer to begin school.”  

Along with the end of summer break, there is no denying that returning to a back-to-school sleep schedule this year could be challenging. Alapat offers tips on how to make the transition easier for both kids and parents.