School Posts World's Most Unrealistic Sleep Schedule to Facebook (PHOTO)

How much sleep should your elementary schooler be getting each night? One elementary school in Kenosha has the answer, in the form of a sleep chart posted to the school's Facebook page. Your mileage may vary, though, in how useful of an answer the chart actually is.


Wilson Elementary School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, probably wasn't counting on the controversy when it dropped the chart below onto its Facebook wall, with the note "Helpful information!" listed below.

Helpful information!

Posted by Wilson Elementary on Friday, August 28, 2015

The chart is a simple grid of what time kids need to go to bed, based on both their age and the time they need to wake up. It's probably useful information under a very limited set of circumstances:

  1. Your kid's sleep schedule is totally borked and you need to just nuke it and start from scratch, and
  2. Your kid is likely to fit into this one-size-fits-all approach, and
  3. You actually have enough time in your overnight routine to fit all that sleep in.

While my favorite thing about the chart is definitely the lone space that didn't get converted from 24-hour time to a.m./p.m. time, I also appreciate the unfortunate lack of connection with what most families' reality looks like. Sure, it would be great if 6-year-olds could get 10 uninterrupted hours of sleep! But realistically, that may not be on the cards for a lot of people.

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Working parents, especially those with long commutes, may not be getting home until 6 or 7 in the evening, so a family dinner isn't happening until after that point -- which makes a 7 p.m. bedtime a challenging target. And that's not considering the hour-plus of homework many elementary schoolers are lugging home these days; some of them may be able to get help during after-school care, but probably not all of them. And are the kids going to get to play outside sometime during the afternoon or evening, considering they probably only got a few minutes of recess all day at school?

And then in the morning, just how early does that bus come, anyway? If the kids live out in the country, are there farm chores that have to be finished before they can head off to school?

Posting a sleep schedule is a simplistic solution to a problem that just isn't so clear-cut. Sure, there are parents out there whose kids are sleep-deprived because Mom and Dad just don't know any better, but I suspect there are a lot more who know perfectly well that their sleep time has been squeezed within an inch of its life by commuting, homework, family mealtime, and activities ... and who just don't have anything they can do about it.


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