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STAY HEALTHY. STAY OUT OF THE ER.


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04/Aug/2020

If you’re like most people, every so often you look in the mirror or at your lifestyle and wish things were different. Perhaps right now you lead a sedentary lifestyle, are stuck in traffic for hours each day commuting between work and home, and are dining on fatty take-out food because you have no time to cook. You may sigh and wish you could suddenly become a fitness guru, a vegan, a marathon athlete leading an active lifestyle. But it just seems so hard.

Whether you’re contemplating making some changes for your New Year’s resolutions or just tired of being tired and feeling like there’s no way out, Laredo Emergency Room has good news. It can be easier than you think – with these active lifestyle and work out tips.

  • Start small. Instead of planning to sprint for 45 minutes every day, add three brisk walks of 10 minutes apiece for five days each week. You’ll be better able to avoid injury and increase your stamina over time, leading to the energy and strength you need to tackle longer, more intense fitness routines.
  • Find opportunities to add activity. Another easy way to enjoy a more active lifestyle is to find opportunities for physical activity in the everyday. Park at the far end of the lot. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Pace while talking on the phone.
  • Take breaks. We can’t completely avoid seated activities, especially those of us who work in an office setting. But taking a brief, even one-minute break to stand and stretch can help improve circulation and give you a boost of energy – just what you need to feel good during the work day.
  • Beat the rush hour. Instead of spending your rush hour sitting in traffic, stop by a park or gym that’s close to your place of work. Your overall time spent on commuting and your workout will be reduced, giving you more time to do other things you love.
  • Take up a hobby. Who doesn’t love binging on their favorite shows? But how about trying a new hobby instead? Wood crafting. Drawing or sewing. Gardening. Playing with your kids. It can be anything that gets you off the sofa, even if it isn’t strenuous exercise. Any increase in movement adds to your overall health, and it can give you a confidence boost when you learn a new skill.
  • Meditate. Sometimes just taking a quiet moment to be still and focus on your breathing and your thoughts is all you need to feel calm and refreshed. Besides, meditation has been shown to help reduce stress, improve sleep, and control blood pressure, among other health benefits.
  • Drink water. Staying properly hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Try to drink at least six to eight glasses of water each day for a variety of benefits, including improved energy and skin health. Especially when you engage in fitness activities, you need to replace fluids lost through sweat, so plan to drink even more after exercise.
  • Find healthier food replacements. Time is short for many of us, making it easier to stop by the take-out joint rather than cook healthy meals. But taking small steps can make this important change easier. Cook in big batches when you do have time and freeze the leftovers for another day. Swap out refined (white) carbohydrates for healthful whole grains. Try ground turkey for your burger instead of beef. By gradually incorporating healthier food choices like these, you’ll find that over time, your diet can make a big transformation easily.

Too often, people emerge from the holiday season overeager to overdo it – and end up suffering from injuries or even heart events. So as much as we at Laredo Emergency Room care about our community, we’d rather you stay healthy and feeling good than have to seek out emergency room treatment – and following our active lifestyle and work out tips is a great way to get going in the right direction.

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04/Aug/2020

The holiday season is filled with tempting foods and alluring gifts, but for those with allergies, the surprises of the holiday season aren’t always merry. Every scented lotion or perfume becomes a potential pathway to an allergic rash. And behind every delicious treat lies the risk of a serious allergic reaction that could send you to Laredo Emergency Room.

With all the potluck dinner gatherings and seasonal gifts such as bath and beauty products, gift recipients and party-goers are bound to stumble onto an allergen. Those who haven’t had an allergic reaction before may even experience one for the first time. That makes it especially important for everyone, not just experienced allergy sufferers, to enter the holiday season ready to not only enjoy the good things it has to offer – but also to identify and respond to an allergic reaction if one happens to you or a loved one this season.

What to watch for

The kind of allergic reaction you have may depend on the allergen you’ve been exposed to, but you can typically expect to experience the following:

Rash – A red, itchy rash is a common allergic reaction to many types of allergens from foods to substances that come in contact with your skin.

Other skin reactions – Hives, bumps, blisters, scaling or cracking, and swelling can all signal an allergic reaction.

Swollen tongue – This tell-tale allergic reaction is often associated with an allergy to bee stings – but it’s also common with allergies to fruits and vegetables. Other parts of the mouth area, including the lips and throat, can also be affected.

Breathing problems – From the wheezing associated with hay fever to full-blown asthma, breathing problems can be an allergic reaction brought on by a wide range of irritants.

Anaphylaxis – With this serious, even life-threatening overreaction of the immune system, allergic reaction symptoms are wide-ranging and can include trouble breathing, vomiting, skin reactions, loss of consciousness, and more.

The time it takes for an allergic reaction to happen can vary from just a few seconds up to several hours after exposure to an allergen. Allergens can hide in almost any food but are most commonly found in the proteins cow’s milk, peanuts and tree nuts, wheat, soy, and shellfish. Beauty products like soaps, lotions, nail products, fragrances, and more contain preservatives or fragrances that can also cause an allergic reaction like a rash. Jewelry and other gifts made up of certain metals like nickel can cause an allergic reaction of the skin.

What to do

Most allergic reactions are uncomfortable but not serious. In many cases, self-treatment with an over-the-counter product such as an antihistamine can bring relief for mild symptoms like a rash. At Laredo Emergency Room, we recommend that those who suffer from even mild allergic reactions frequently see a primary care physician to discuss ways to prevent and manage your allergies.

However, when the allergic reaction is severe and involves swelling of the tongue or mouth, trouble breathing, or any symptoms of anaphylaxis, first quickly use an epi-pen (epinephrine) if you have one. Then it’s time to come to Laredo Emergency Room. And even through the holidays, 24/7/365, we’re open to treat your allergic reaction or any emergency.

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04/Aug/2020

Hear the words “emergency room,” and what used to come to mind may have been crowded waiting rooms and chaos. But over the last decade, that expectation has begun to change, as freestanding emergency room facilities have expanded access, bringing emergency room and urgent care type services closer to home. The result is a setting devoted to quality treatment, community service, and lower wait times.

Yet still a lack of understanding persists about who and what emergency rooms like Laredo ER are designed to treat. In answer, Laredo Emergency Room can be your first line of access to treatment in virtually any emergency.

If you or someone you know experience symptoms like these, it’s time to head to Laredo Emergency Room:

Sudden severe headache, confusion, or trouble with breathing, speaking, walking, moving, or seeing

Fainting or dizziness and/or weakness that does not resolve with rest or that is felt on one side of the body

Broken bones, heavy bleeding, and serious wounds, burns, or pain

High fever that does not improve with medications or that is accompanied by headache and stiff neck

Vomiting (especially of blood) or loose stools that do not improve

Pain in the chest, arm, or jaw, which can indicate heart attack

Poisoning by fumes or smoke inhalation – or overdose of drugs or alcohol

Suicidal thoughts

Seizures

Serious allergic reactions

Severe nausea or abdominal pain

Pneumonia and related complications

When more specialized treatment or overnight observation is needed, Laredo Emergency Room can still ensure your condition is made stable enough for the transport via ambulance to out-of-neighborhood hospitals.

With such a broad range of services provided at freestanding emergency rooms, suburban communities have faster access to 24/7 treatment, imaging, and testing and can avoid the longer travel distances and wait times associated with hospital-based emergency departments. With so much to offer, including board-certified emergency physicians and expert staff, it’s no wonder freestanding emergency rooms are experiencing such growth.

We’ve got you covered

As for who Laredo Emergency Room treats, the answer is in our insurance acceptance. Laredo ER accepts all major insurance providers, including Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, and BlueCross BlueShield of Texas. We also offer payment plans to help families get the treatment you need while staying in a budget that works for you.

At Laredo Emergency Room, we hope you never experience a medical emergency. But if you do, we’re here to help.

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04/Aug/2020

Halloween has got to be one of our favorite holidays – the weather is getting cooler, friends and family are throwing great parties, and the kids are all dressed up and ready to trick-or-treat! This holiday was practically made for the kids, but we know that as parents, letting the kids run around the neighborhood in masks, asking random neighbors for candy, and carving up pumpkins with sharp knives are not the most comforting thoughts. It’s true that Halloween comes with its own set of risks and potential dangers, but if you’re armed with a few safety tips, your family will have no trouble enjoying this special holiday to the fullest.

Costume Safety

We know that it’s tempting to go for the most elaborate costume in the costume store (who doesn’t want to be Pennywise or Jon Snow?) but if you plan on going around the neighborhood with the kids, pick a costume that is less involved – you don’t want to be a walking safety hazard! Some good things to keep in mind when selecting a safe costume are:

Avoid masks that can obstruct your vision, and avoid sharp objects like swords or knives

If you’re going to be out after dark, be sure to have on light-colored clothing, or have reflective surfaces on your outfit

Always buy non-toxic makeup to avoid irritating your skin

Remove all makeup from yourself and the kids before going to bed to prevent eye and skin irritation

Trick-or-Treating Tips

It should go without saying that if you’re going to let the younger kids out to hunt for candy, be sure that they always have a responsible adult with them. Review routes with older kids who might be going alone or with friends and agree on a specific time to return home. Only travel in familiar, well-lit areas and make sure the children know never to enter a stranger’s house or vehicle. If you plan on inspecting the candy loot, be sure to instruct your kids not to dig into their stash until they return home. It’s also worth mentioning here that if you plan on driving during prime trick-or-treating hours, be extra aware of children on neighborhood roadways.

Candy Safety

There are a lot of concerns to consider when sifting through a pile of Halloween candy – are there sharp objects in here? What if my child is allergic to something? Is there such a thing as “healthy” candy? When in doubt, here are some good rules of thumb:

If you’re concerned about allergies, most likely other parents are too. Play it safe and choose allergy-friendly treat options

Only consume candy that has not been opened and still has the factory seal intact

Throw away any candy that has been opened or tampered with

With these tips in mind, the most important thing to remember now is to have fun! Have a safe, fun, spooky, and happy Halloween!

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04/Aug/2020

It seems like vape pens are everywhere in today’s society. You see people walking down the street, sitting in a restaurant, maybe even in school, all followed by large puffs of white smoke. Vaping is extremely common, and up until recently, totally acceptable to do almost anywhere other than an airplane. People have been convinced that using an electronic cigarette, or vape pen, is healthier for you than smoking real cigarettes, and might even be helpful in helping someone quit, but science is finding that the truth about vaping is just the opposite – vaping can be extremely detrimental to your lung health, sometimes even more so than real cigarettes.

Health Effects

It’s common knowledge that smoking in any form or fashion is going to be detrimental to your health, but there are certain health aspects you should know when reaching for a vape pen:

Vaping has been linked to 530 cases of lung injury and 7 confirmed deaths in the U.S.

Smoking nicotine results in 9 out of 10 all lung cancer deaths and more women die each year of lung cancer than from breast cancer

A smoker’s risk of lung cancer increases by 25 times in men, and 25.7 times in women

Smoking causes lung disease by damaging the airway and the small air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs

Other lung diseases caused by smoking include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and COPD

Smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to die of COPD than non-smokers

People with asthma can have more frequent and more severe attacks triggered by vaping

General symptoms of deteriorating lung health include coughing, chest pain, trouble breathing, and fatigue

Secondhand smoke is another major issue for the community, as vaping is currently allowed in most public spaces. With a large majority of the people who vape being high school and middle school students, the danger of secondhand vape smoke is rising among those demographics. Secondhand smoke can cause many of the same side effects that smoking cigarettes can, leading to trouble breathing, illness, cancer, and even death. These effects are amplified by the ultra-fine aerosol particles found in smoke that comes from vaping.

State governments are now taking action against vape pen companies by cracking down on the sale and distribution of these products, but the only way to protect yourself from the adverse health effects of vape pens is to never pick them up. Your lungs will thank you!

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04/Aug/2020

Hurricane season can be a scary time in Texas. Even though Laredo is not directly on the gulf coast, we have still felt the effects of storms like Hurricane Harvey. Flooding from rain saturating the ground and filling the Rio Grande River can be frightening and devastating, leaving people in Laredo and surrounding areas without power, or even without their homes. Severe weather events can make us all feel helpless, but there are steps you can take before, during, and after a storm to not only help prevent home and property damage but also make the recovery process a little easier for you and your family.

Storm Preparedness

The first step is to prepare when there is not a weather emergency on the horizon. Take steps to educate yourself and know your area’s risk for severe weather and flooding. Laredo Weather is prone to almost every extreme weather situation (other than snow), so it’s important to be prepared for thunderstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes that can bring large amounts of rain, strong winds, and damaging hail. Watch for any warning signs and be aware if you are in an area that is at risk for flash flooding. Depending on your location, it’s good to be aware of evacuation routes. Create a plan with your family or loved ones in advance of severe weather arriving so that everyone knows what to do and where to go should the worst-case scenario take place. If there is a significant threat looming, be sure to stock up on emergency necessities like water, food, flashlights, batteries, and first aid supplies.

During the Storm

This might seem like a no-brainer, but try to stay indoors during a storm. If the power goes out, try to avoid using candles and opt for flashlights instead. Avoid going outside unless absolutely necessary. If you are caught outside, try to find high ground to hunker down. Floodwaters can be contaminated with sewage or contain wildlife from the river, so do not try to walk or play in them.

After the Storm

The most challenging aspect of storm recovery can be what happens after the storm is over. If your house has flooded, or has even taken on just a small amount of water, it’s important to act quickly to prevent mold from forming. When it comes to flood cleanup, you will need to:

Throw away all materials that cannot be thoroughly cleaned. Be sure to take photos of all of your damaged property for insurance purposes.

Wash all curtains, rugs, clothing, bedding, and upholstery with at minimum soap and water, but use bleach wherever possible.

Dry all of your flooded areas thoroughly. Any area of your home that stays wet for more than 48 hours can grow mold. It’s best to throw away anything that cannot be dried completely. Run your kitchen and bathroom ventilation systems to keep air flowing through the house.

If your house has sustained a significant amount of flooding, hire a professional to help you clean up. Surfaces like drywall and insulation can be tough to properly remove once they are overrun with mold and can end up making you and your family sick.

It’s impossible to control the weather, and mother nature has thrown us some rough storms in recent years, but hopefully, with these tips, you will be better prepared for when the worst-case scenario comes around again.

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04/Aug/2020

We all know that trying to live a healthy lifestyle day in and day out can be difficult. You’re supposed to keep track of your calories, your sleep, and your steps on top of working out, meal prepping, and making sure you’re not eating junk – we’re exhausted just typing it all out! Thankfully, we live in a day and age that there is an app or a gadget for just about everything, and lately, there have been more than a few technological devices aimed at helping you maintain your health that has popped up. Here are some of the best health gadgets you can stock up on this Black Friday for yourself, or the health nut in your life:

PainPod

Chances are you probably know someone in your life that suffers from chronic pain if you don’t suffer from it yourself. The PainPod is a wearable gadget that is a safe substitute for painkillers that is powered by microcurrents and biomedical technology that is able to understand the body’s nervous and electrical systems and work to manage pain, improve muscle performance, and speed up recovery! All you have to do is stick it on the area that is in pain and the Pod goes to work! If this isn’t the future of healing, we don’t know what is.

Phillips Centrifugal Juicer

Are you getting enough fiber? Would you even know where to start if you weren’t? A good juicer can take the guessing out for you; welcome the Phillips Juicer! This gift comes complete with FiberBoost technology, which will allow you to switch the texture of your juice. The creamier the juice, the more the fiber (up to 50% more). This juicer is also super easy to clean, making it more likely for you to actually use it and not leave it on your kitchen shelf!

Nokia Thermo

Getting your temperature taken has never been easier. With the Nokia Thermo, all that’s necessary to get an accurate reading is to swipe the Thermo across your forehead and the device reads your temperature from your temporal artery.

Apple Watch

When Apple set out to change the face of personal technology, we don’t know if they had your workouts in mind, but they certainly have changed the way we track our physical activity. The Apple Watch is so high-tech, it can track your calories burned based on the type of workout you’re doing, your heart rate, age, and weight. Doing high-intensity interval training? Apple knows. Swimming a few laps in an outdoor pool? Apple knows! It also has the ability to keep track of your activity day after day, year over year, sending you motivating and encouraging messages to “close your rings!” along the way. Just slap on your watch and literally watch the burned calories add up!

While no device can make you healthy by itself, having high-tech toys to help you along the way can provide motivation. So, after stocking up on these gadgets, let there be no more excuses – get out and get moving!

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04/Aug/2020

Here’s the good news: the rate at which American men are getting prostate cancer has been undergoing a fairly steady (and significant) decline for years  according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the bad news is that prostate cancer is still the second most common cancer in American men. This makes having a basic understanding about the disease, as well as your personal risk factors for getting it, as important as ever for men.

The prostate sits just below a man’s bladder, in front of the rectum, and surrounds the urethra. While its normal size is about that of a marble, it tends to grow as a man advances in age, which can put pressure along the urethra, affecting the flow of urine. Enlarging of the prostate is a relatively common occurrence, but, unfortunately, the symptoms of prostate cancer can be mistaken for the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Therefore, it’s critical to see your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • A frequent urge to urinate, especially at night
  • Difficulty controlling the flow of urine
  • A weak, interrupted urine flow
  • Pain during urination or ejaculation
  • Difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Pain or pressure in the rectum, lower back, hips, or thighs

Again, the problem with this list of symptoms is that it is eerily similar to those of other conditions, such as an enlarged prostate – which causes many men a great deal of discomfort, but for which many men may also procrastinate seeking treatment… a delay that can be deadly when we’re talking about something as serious as cancer.

(By the way, at Laredo Emergency Room, we do treat men who have experienced medical emergencies associated with enlarged prostates, and we can tell you that seeing your doctor sooner rather than later is best, even if you don’t suspect cancer as the culprit.)

 

When the above symptoms indicate the presence of cancerous tumors, it usually means the cancer is more advanced and more difficult to treat. That means screenings are essential to your men’s health routine – and can find the cancer before you experience significant symptoms. Laredo Emergency Room physicians advise our patients without symptoms to have prostate screening done yearly beginning at age 40 if you have a family history of prostate cancer, age 45 if you are African American, and by age 50 for everyone else.

 

To be screened for prostate cancer, you need only have a simple blood test called a PSA test, which measures the level of protein produced by the prostate. Some physicians will conduct a rectal exam in addition to a PSA test. Elevated PSA levels may prompt your doctor to ask you to undergo further testing.

 

When screening is this easy, it’s hard to understand why so many men put it off … so Laredo Emergency Room urges you to take control of your health and talk to your doctor – especially if you have any symptoms. Taking a little bit of time out of your busy schedule once a year as your doctor recommends can save your life.

 

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04/Aug/2020

 

Studies have proven a link between nutrition and school performance -better nutrition yields better learners.  When students engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as poor dietary habits, substance abuse, and lack of physical activity, their school performance suffers.

With the frenzied pace that usually accompanies a new academic year, however, it’s easy to choose speed and convenience over nutrition.  Students often try to squeeze eating in between activities such as classes, extra-curricular activities, sports practices, homework, and after-school jobs – making it easier to opt for fast food and vending machines. However, with a little bit of planning, we can shape better habits that will improve nutrition and learning. Here are five tips you should keep in mind:

1.) An extra five or ten minutes of sleep may sound good, but arranging for enough time every morning to sit down to a nutritious breakfast can really pay off.  So, skip the donuts and sugary cereals and choose high-fiber whole grains and protein. One of the best choices is old fashioned oatmeal, which can be made quickly and topped with fruit and almonds. Whole wheat toast and an egg can be a healthy choice, too. Keeping hardboiled eggs in the fridge and ready to go makes them a fast, on-the-go power breakfast. If you’re concerned about the fat content of eggs, just skip the yolks – they are easily removed from hard-boiled eggs and also can be separated from the whites before cooking other egg preparations.

2.) Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids have long been heralded by nutritionists as a superior brain food, and though fish consumption is on the rise, Americans still eat far too little. And that’s a shame because eating these kinds of fish can actually reduce our risk for dementia and mental decline and can enhance our memory.  While salmon and trout are some of the best choices, tuna can also make a great choice for a healthy school lunch. Simply grab some whole wheat crackers and a package of water-packed tuna for a great start to a brain-healthy lunch – or mix some in with ready-to-eat salad greens.

3.) A small number of nuts or seeds, like walnuts, almonds, or pumpkin seeds, along with dark chocolate, can actually make a healthy snack – and it tastes great, too! They have powerful antioxidant qualities, which help with cognition. Plus, the small amount of caffeine in chocolate can give you a little boost of concentration when you need it. Just don’t overdo it: keep these snacks to one ounce per day.

4.) Trade white for wheat everywhere you can. It’s just as easy to make lunches from a sandwich on whole wheat bread instead of white bread, and many breakfast cereals boast whole grains, too (but be sure to read labels and look for choices high in fiber). Make a big batch of whole-wheat pasta salad with veggies, herbs, and olive oil to have on hand in pre-portioned containers for healthy, convenient lunches.

5.)Berries are another great way to add a sweet flavor without feeling guilty. Blueberries and other berries can help with memory due to their antioxidants. Berries also are high in fiber. They’re easy to toss into a reusable container for a healthy morning snack between classes.

 

We know that these changes may seem big, but they can be really easy to incorporate into your daily habits if you just give it a try. And if you still feel that you’re not getting enough nutrition from your diet, ask your doctor about a vitamin and mineral supplement.

 

 

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04/Aug/2020

Each August, as we transition from summer to a new academic year, a shift in our daily routines is just one of the significant changes we undertake. One of these changes is that of our sleep schedules. During the summer months, sleep cycles for many people become distofdfdrted, causing us to go to bed later, wake up earlier, and get less rest than what can ideally sustain our bodies in the coming seasons. By getting less than the recommended amount of sleep, we are wreaking havoc on our internal clocks at a pivoted point in the year!

Getting a sufficient amount of sleep as we adjust to a new routine is really important – and not just to prevent us from dozing off in class or other activities. Not getting enough sleep may also lead to a number of serious health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, depression, substance abuse, and even heart problems such as irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and stroke. Inadequate sleep is also a factor in what the Centers for Disease Control estimates as 6,000 fatalities are caused by drowsiness each year.

In addition to helping us avoid all these pitfalls, getting adequate sleep actually helps us become better learners – improving attention, alertness, and even our problem-solving skills. Plus, getting the proper amount of sleep can lower our stress levels, improve mood, and enhance physical coordination.

All this means that taking a few simple steps to get our sleep schedules back on track for the start of the school year is totally worth it, especially since most students in middle school and high school don’t get enough sleep on school nights. While adults can thrive on 7-8 hours of sleep, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, elementary and middle school students need 9-12 hours per night, and teens need 8-10 hours each night. Here are a few pointers that can help:

– Start gradually. About a week or two before a major change in schedule is expected, begin to adjust bedtimes and wake times by about 15-30 minutes a day toward your optimum weekday schedule.

– Be diligent. While it might feel good to hit the snooze button a few times each morning, sticking with your plan to adjust your sleep cycle will be worth it in the end.

– Do it together. Have the entire household participate, not only to keep each other accountable, but also to let everyone reap the benefits of better sleep.

– Observe. As you begin to adjust your sleep schedule, take note of how you feel throughout the days and whether it gets easier each day to wake up.

– Use technology. Fitness gadgets and apps can help track your sleep duration and quality.

One more extra step you can take is to join the campaign for sleep. School districts across the country are beginning to see the value in later start times for school, especially at the high school level. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine actually recommends that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m., arguing that the later start time helps kids get the sleep they need to perform well in school and stay healthy. So, if your school district gets an early start each day and you feel your kids could benefit from a later start time, share your concerns with the district.

 

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