It’s not just tantrums we have to watch out for with sleep deprived schoolchildren. Their performance at school can suffer too. Being tired makes it harder to learn, to pay attention, and to behave in class.
A new Spanish study found that kids need 9 to 11 hours of sleep every night to perform their best at school. Less than that, and you start seeing issues with behavior and learning.
The BBC reports on the Spanish study, which looked at a pretty small group of kids (only 142). They found that even kids who had 8-9 hours of sleep were at a disadvantage next to their peers who slept for 9-11 hours. 9 really seemed to be the magic number, though it looks like basically the more sleep your kids can get, the better.
Sleep deprivation affected memory, vocabulary, attention, motivation, retention of new material. Basically all the core skills kids need to excel at school. Getting your kids to bed on time probably does more good to their academic performance than an extra hour of tutoring or homework.
While the Spanish study was small, its findings were consistent with other studies from around the world that have found lack of sleep had a profound effect on children. School bullies are more likely to be sleep deprived, a US study found. In Finland, a research group discovered that lack of sleep could produce symptoms that mimic ADHD.
In other words, get your babies to bed early! They need their beauty rest.
Once they’re snoozing, you might even follow their good example and stock up on extra sleep yourself. All those benefits like emotional well-being and better memory apply to you as well.
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