Homework, dinner, and bedtime routines most likely occupy your afternoon and evenings when school lets out for the day. However, it is what is happening at night, during your child’s sleeping hours, which can greatly impact how s/he is able to perform or function during his/her daily tasks. Sleep is especially important for children as it directly impacts mental and physical development.
● Children aged five to twelve need 10-11 hours of sleep.
● Watching TV and other digital media close to bedtime has been associated with bedtime resistance, difficulty falling asleep, anxiety around sleep, and sleeping fewer hours.
● Sleep deprivation impacts health, academic performance, and behavior.
● Increased total sleep, earlier bedtimes, and later weekday rise times are associated with better grades in school.
● Sleep deprivation may present itself in many ways other than daytime sleepiness -- inattention, poor concentration, moodiness, behavioral problems, and poor academic performance and social skills.