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.
According 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
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
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