Sleep is more important than you may think. Can you think of a time when you didn’t get enough sleep? That heavy, groggy feeling is awful and when you feel that way you’re not at your best.
The average kid has a busy day. There’s school, taking care of chores, running around with friends, going to sports practice or other activities, and doing homework. By the end of the day, kid’s bodies and brains need sleep.
Though no one is exactly sure what work the brain does when we sleep, some scientists think that the brain sorts through and stores information, replaces chemicals, and solves problems while we snooze.
In addition to learning and memory, getting enough sleep is important for physical development and staying healthy, as well as helping to regulate emotions. When kids’ bodies don’t have enough hours to rest, they are more likely to be cranky and might have a hard time following directions. A school assignment that’s normally easy may feel impossible and afterschool sports and activities may feel less fun and more like a burden.
Children generally need more sleep than adults, and they are more adversely affected in some ways by insufficient sleep. Most kids between 5 and 12 get about 9.5 hours a night, but experts agree that most need 10 or 11 hours each night.
Sleep is an individual thing and some kids need more than others. Making sleep a priority is one thing families can do Today to help their child be successful in school and other activities.