Earlier this month, the New York Times published a blog post titled, We tell kids to ‘go to sleep!’ We need to teach them why, that offered valuable insight on the correlation between a child’s sleep habits and how it affects their ability to learn and process information. The blog highlights results from several sleep studies done with children ranging from four to 12 years of age.
The post explains that sleep “not only restores and renews the body, but it also performs maintenance on the mind.” This maintenance includes preserving important memories from the previous day and reinforcing newly learned information and skills. Also, results from recent research indicate that increasing a child’s sleep by an additional half-hour reduces daytime sleepiness, emotional inconsistencies, restlessness, and impulsiveness. These are behaviors that can negatively affect a school-age child trying to learn in a classroom.
There are a number of reasons why a child may not be getting enough sleep. The study indicated that many parents were unaware of the number of recommended hours for their child. Some admitted to not having a set bedtime routine. Others indicated that the evening routine included things such as eating sweet snacks and watching television that have an adverse affect on getting a good night’s rest. But having a positive routine in place only gets your child in bed – your efforts will be in vain if your child is unable to get comfortable once tucked in.
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