The Importance of Sleep in Early Education

Thursday - January 15, 2015

Not getting enough sleep can have a detrimental impact on a child's early education.

 

When guiding your children through the early years of their education, starting good habits early makes a critical difference in lifetime academic habits. As such, it’s important to help your children understand the importance of a healthy sleeping schedule, and make sure that sleeping schedule is followed closely and consistently throughout those early years.

The importance of sleep cannot be understated, especially for developing minds. According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 40 million Americans suffer from some kind of sleep disorder, and 60 percent of all adults have recurring sleeping problems on a weekly basis. Starting healthy sleeping habits early can help to prevent the onset and development of these disorders, in addition to helping children improve their focus, confidence, and mental abilities in the classroom.

While guiding your children in building healthy sleep habits, keep the following in mind:

·         Most children under six need at least 10 to 12 hours of sleep a day, slightly more than the 8 hours generally recommended for adults. Like with adults, this can vary by individual, as some children may require more or less than that amount.

·         Consistency is key in building healthy habits. Going to bed and waking up at the exact same time every night is critical in building a regular pattern.

·         Avoid digital media before bedtime. Shut off any TVs, phones, or computers at least an hour before letting your child go to bed.

·         Allow naps. Napping is a good way to catch up on lost sleep, as long as they don’t serve as a substitute for healthy nightly sleep.

With a healthy sleep schedule allowing your children the opportunity to rest, recover, and wake up bright and focused, they’ll perform far better in their academic careers and be better positioned for a healthy adulthood.

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When guiding your children through the early years of their education, starting good habits early makes a critical difference in lifetime academic habits. As such, it’s important to help your children understand the importance of a healthy sleeping schedule, and make sure that sleeping schedule is followed closely and consistently throughout those early years.

The importance of sleep cannot be understated, especially for developing minds. According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 40 million Americans suffer from some kind of sleep disorder, and 60 percent of all adults have recurring sleeping problems on a weekly basis. Starting healthy sleeping habits early can help to prevent the onset and development of these disorders, in addition to helping children improve their focus, confidence, and mental abilities in the classroom.

While guiding your children in building healthy sleep habits, keep the following in mind:

·         Most children under six need at least 10 to 12 hours of sleep a day, slightly more than the 8 hours generally recommended for adults. Like with adults, this can vary by individual, as some children may require more or less than that amount.

·         Consistency is key in building healthy habits. Going to bed and waking up at the exact same time every night is critical in building a regular pattern.

·         Avoid digital media before bedtime. Shut off any TVs, phones, or computers at least an hour before letting your child go to bed.

·         Allow naps. Napping is a good way to catch up on lost sleep, as long as they don’t serve as a substitute for healthy nightly sleep.

With a healthy sleep schedule allowing your children the opportunity to rest, recover, and wake up bright and focused, they’ll perform far better in their academic careers and be better positioned for a healthy adulthood.

Stay tuned for the latest news and tips from Columbia Academy! Be sure you like Columbia Academy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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