If you want your children at their best and brightest in school—and in life’s other learning experiences—one of the best things to do is make sure they get enough sleep. Here’s why.
We’re always hearing that Americans don’t get enough sleep—and always convincing ourselves that we can (or must) live on six hours a night. If your kids put up a fuss about going to bed, you might look at your own example before scolding them.
Still, children do need more sleep than adults—11.5 hours average for preschoolers, ten for 6–13-year-olds. Even people in their early twenties may need up to nine hours a night to nurture their still-maturing brains. And the brain at any age will show diminished function when sleep-deprived—think how hard you find it to concentrate after being up all night.
When the brain is properly rested, it performs much more effectively:
So if your children are struggling to learn, take a good look at their sleep habits—perhaps all they need is a little more rest.
Signs Your Kids May Not Be Getting Enough Sleep:
Ways to Help Your Kids Get More and Better Sleep:
If your child still has insomnia, or snores violently, or awakens screaming or gasping for breath, make a doctor’s appointment to investigate possible underlying causes.