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Parents want their children to succeed in school. Studies have shown a direct correlation between adequate restful sleep and student performance. Therefore, it is imperative that your children receive enough restful sleep.

sleepAccording to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), everyone should receive at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. No matter what your child’s age, a regular, set bedtime is essential. However, studies show that most students sleep less than 6.5 hours each night.

Lack of sleep impacts your child physically, mentally, and emotionally. According to National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), sleep is necessary for brain development and optimal mental processing. Lack of sleep leads to an inability to concentrate, as well as impaired memory and physical performance ability. Additionally, the ability to carry out math calculations reduces. If sleep deprivation continues, mood swings, depression, and hallucinations may begin to develop.

Physical Effects of Sleep Deprivation

  • Children who do not get enough sleep show a decrease in the amount of white blood cells in their body. This weakens the body’s immune system. The result of the illness associated with this inability of the body to fight off infections can negatively impact grades.
  • While your child sleeps, neurons in the brain shut down and repair themselves. The brain loses its ability to function optimally if sleep deprivation is present.
  • Lack of sleep can lead to a reduced breakdown of proteins in the body. Proteins are essential for cellular growth and cellular repair, so lack of sleep can severely impede upon a child’s essential growth processes.

Mental Effects of Sleep Deprivation

As an array of studies indicate sleep is necessary for the brain to repair itself, grow, and make imperative connections. While your child sleeps, nerve signalling patterns that occurred during the day are mirrored and repeated during their sleep, encoding data, memory, and information, and improving learning.

Emotional Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Studies indicate that children of all ages who lack sufficient sleep often display behavioural and learning problems in school. Children in school classrooms who seem excessively sleepy during the day are more likely to experience problems paying attention and learning, and may be hyperactive or have issues with classroom conduct.

How to Encourage Your Child to Sleep

  • Foster positive sleep habits.
  • Limit use of electronics up to an hour before bedtime.
  • Establish a regular and consistent bedtime and wakeup time.
  • Avoid highly sugared foods and caffeinated drinks in the evening.

Ample evidences supports that adequate, restful sleep is imperative for excellent school performance. According to a report by the American Sleep Association, overall those students who perform at higher levels in school with greater academic success share the common habit of regular sleep habits allowing their brains time to rest and grow.

If your child begins having trouble in school, examine sleep habits. Even if you give your child a reasonable sleep and wakeup time, they may be staying up later than you think or not sleeping through the night. Since lack of sleep causes problems with mood, concentration, and the ability to function at optimum levels physically and intellectually, it is important to make sure your child gets enough restful sleep each

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