As we begin the school year I thought it might be helpful to talk about sleep and how important it is for our young learners.
Parents often wonder what they can do at home to help students be successful in school. One of the obvious things that often gets overlooked is making sure their child gets enough rest. Below is an article addressing the importance of sleep and how much children need. As the holidays approach don't forget about making sure your children are getting the appropriate amount of sleep each night. It may also be helpful to try to maintain some kind of sleep schedule even through the winter break so the transition back to school in January will be smooth. Enjoy the holidays and sleep well!
Sleep is crucial to a student’s learning and understanding. Even minimal sleep loss can take a toll on children and teen’s mood, energy, effectiveness, and ability to handle stress. If they want to feel their best, stay healthy, and perform up to their potential, sleep is a necessity, not a luxury.
Kids ages 5 to 12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night.
When you get enough sleep you can:
Without enough sleep you can:
Tips to encourage health sleep in children:
- Teach school-aged children about healthy sleep habits.
- Continue to emphasize need for regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine.
- Make child's bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet. Keep TV and computers out of the bedroom.
- Avoid caffeine.
National Sleep Foundation (www.sleepfoundation.org)