The importance of sleep in your child's classroom performance
Most parents understand taht ample sleep is important for keeping kids focused and ready to learn in school. But according to the American Psychological Association sleep is also a factor in the ability to remember what has been learned throughout the day. Because children are acquiring more new knowledge and skills than adults on a daily basis, it’s even more essential that they get the proper amount of sleep each night.
Insufficient sleep can also have a negative impact on the immune system, which can lead to sickness and absences from school. Learn about more ways lack of sleep can impact your child with this How Much Sleep Should Your Child Be Getting? infographic.
To combat common illnesses such as the cold, “make sure your little one gets enough sleep, has a healthy diet, and learns to sneeze and cough in his sleeve to prevent spreading infection,” Atlanta pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
So what can parents do to make sure their kids are getting proper rest?
Parents can help put their kids on the right track for sufficient sleep by setting an early bedtime, winding down high-energy and high-stimulation activities like exercise and video games at least an hour before that bedtime, creating a calming nightly routine, cutting out caffeine, and making sure the bed is used for sleep only, Houston pediatrician Dr. Kemba Baker told Fox 26 Houston.
Aim for 10-11 hours per night for kids 7-12 years old, and 8-9 hours per night for teens from 13-18. If you are concerned about your child's lack of sleep the the impacts on their health, talk with your pediatrician. Find the best pediatricians in your city with Angie's List consumer reviews. Of the 2,237 pediatricians in Houston listed on Angie's List, only 226 are top-rated.