Whether your kids are still in elementary school or you are sending them packing for college they still need adequate sleep to excel in their studies. According to the National Sleep Foundation “To thrive academically, kids of all ages—preschool through college—need to have energy, the ability to focus, concentrate, retain information, and be creative problem solvers. Success at school also requires kids to control impulses and manage emotions and behavior to keep on track. All of these skills depend heavily on healthy, consistent sleep.”Most people think that during sleep our brain and body are just resting, but this isn’t true. In fact, the brain is very active during sleep.
- Sleep gives the brain the opportunity to take all the information you took in throughout the day and organize it and put it into long term memory. Sleep supports learning and memory.
- Sleep is needed for our nervous system to work properly. As we sleep our neurons are able to shut down and repair themselves.
- Sleep produces physiological changes that help boost immune system functioning.
- Although not fully understood by science there is a clear correlation between sleep and mood. Sleep provides mental and emotional resilience, while little or disrupted sleep disruptions can lead to negative thinking, irritability and reduces cognitive thought.
- During sleep our muscles will start to relax and this increases the blood flow to our muscles. The increased blood flow brings more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles to aid in tissue repair and growth.
- Another important physiological occurrence during this stage of sleep is the release of HGH (Human Growth Hormones) that are essential to muscle development.
Numerous studies have been conducted on the correlation between sleep and GPA. The findings are all quite similar.
- McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal: Researchers found that a good night's sleep is linked to better performance in math and languages - subjects that are powerful predictors of later learning and academic success.
- American Sleep Association: When subjects got less than 8 hours of sleep they showed a decrease in cognitive function ability. Students who had greater academic success had regular sleep habits
- University of Minnesota: Results indicated a significant positive correlation between amount of sleep per night with GPA, and a significant negative correlation between average number of days per week that students obtained less than five hours of sleep and GPA.
If your kids are still in elementary school make sure you start healthy sleeping habits now so that your future college student can flourish. Below are some simple habits you can instill in your young one or pass on to your college prepster.
- School Age 6-13 years need 9 - 11 hours of sleep
- Teenagers 14-17 years need 8 – 10 hours of sleep
- College Age 18-25 years need 7 – 9 hours of sleep
- Study during late afternoon when the brain function is optimal
- Make sure your mattress is less than 8 years old and comfortable.
- Avoid food and beverages that contain caffeine.
- Exercise every day.
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual.
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