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Your Children Should Get Adequate Sleep To Do Well In School

Summer went by so quickly. Now, it’s the beginning of another school year. The struggle for any parent is to have their kids adjust from staying up late during the summer to waking up early as they return to school. That being said, getting your kids to depart from their vacation habits can be challenging.

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Most parents would usually make their children sleep earlier a week or two before the first day of classes so they can be ready for the new school year. However, like any typical child, they wouldn’t like to sleep early or try to resist it. Kids would rather be out and about, playing and having fun than going to bed earlier than usual.

Nevertheless, staying up late isn’t the best choice for students who need to be alert in class. This also goes for anyone who wants to be productive and stay sharp for the long day ahead.

According to Scott Geisler, a sleep medicine physician from the Eastern Iowa Sleep Center, it is essential to remind ourselves to revert to proper sleeping habits. “Getting to it over a series of days over the same schedule so your body knows we’re making an adjustment here,” says Geisler. He also adds that insufficient sleep brings many health problems.

“Your mind is going to be dragging a little,” Geisler says. “You’re not going to feel as fresh and you’re not going to be on task. Teachers know this. They’re expecting that first week or two for everybody to settle into the new system.”

Here is a brief list of the amount of sleep that children should get, according to Geisler.

  • Younger kids get 9 to 10 hours per night
  • Middle school students get around 8 hours
  • Teens should get the most sleep possible, nearly 10 hours

“The brain does a lot while we’re asleep,” Geisler adds. “Our bodies are recharging physically, but our brain is recharging mentally.”

Why adequate sleep is essential

Like any responsible parent, your children’s health and well-being is your top priority. That’s why it’s necessary to make sure they are well-rested and can easily wake up in the morning.

A restful night’s sleep can do wonders for a person’s overall appearance and mood. It also decreases the risk of accidents from happening, improves your brain’s cognitive function, and strengthens your body’s immunity.

Having a regular sleep schedule is closely related to healthy weight management, as well as lessening the chances of getting illnesses, like type 2 diabetes and heart diseases.

Quick sleep tips

Adults should get at least 7 to 8 hours of optimal sleep. But if you’re having a difficult time sleeping, try to do the following:

Exercise.

Including any type of physical activity in your daily routine may help improve the quality of your sleep. You will burn out excess energy and feel sleepy before bedtime.

Avoid caffeine.

This ingredient will stimulate you until the wee hours of the morning. So always check if your beverage contains any type of caffeine. Also, don’t drink alcohol to avoid making unnecessary trips to the bathroom at night.

Turn off electronics.

The blue light that your gadget produces works like caffeine because it will stimulate your brain and suppress your body from producing the sleep hormone, melatonin. That’s why it’s important to keep your bedroom dark and quiet.

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Jayson Guerrero

Creative Content Manager at Bedding Stock
Jayson Guerrero is the creative content manager of Bedding Stock. He is a sleep evangelist, mattress enthusiast, bedroom design fanatic, and healthy lifestyle advocate.

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