Sleep and School Achievement

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Sleep and School Achievement Awareness:

Sleep and School Achievement Awareness *Image via Bing Research provided by: Heather Lewis

How much sleep does your young adolescent need?:

How much sleep does your young adolescent need? Nursery school Age 3 to 4 11 to 12 hours Elementary school Age 5 to 10 10 to ll hours Middle school Age 11 to 14 9.25 to 10 hours High school Age 15 to 18 8.5 to 9 hours

Research Suggests::

Research Suggests: "From memory to judgment, attention span, emotional stability and even immunity, sleep deprivation negatively affects school-age children," Dr. Kristin Avis, UAB assistant professor of pediatrics and a sleep specialist.

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“There is a direct link between sleep and a student’s academic performance.” Grace Chen, Public School Review. *Image via Bing

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“According to classroom teachers, elementary and middle school students who stay up late exhibit more learning and attention problems,” Brown Medical School and Bradley Hospital research shows.

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Studies show high-achieving middle school students sleep at least nine hours a night. The grade-point averages of eighth and ninth graders who have trouble sleeping are lower than those who sleep soundly. *Image via Bing

Did you know!?:

Did you know!? Without enough sleep, a young adolescent’s mood, memory, and ability to concentrate and solve problems deteriorate and their stress levels skyrocket! Just one in five adolescents get an optimal nine hours of sleep on school nights; nearly one-half (45%) sleep less than eight hours on school nights. Sleep health is important for adolescents to maintain optimal energy and a healthy lifestyle. Later school start times improved adolescent alertness according to The National Sleep Foundation.

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20% of high school students are falling asleep in school! *Image via Bing

Ways to help your young adolescent sleep better::

Ways to help your young adolescent sleep better: Give her/him a carbohydrate rich snack 45 minutes before bed to foster the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a brain chemical that triggers sleep. Taking a warm bath before bedtime prompts a dip in body temperature that may help one to doze off. Develop a routine… many times have you heard this one? Steer away of action-packed TV shows or computer/video games at night….for these trigger the release of adrenaline. Get active! Exercising for 30 minutes three days a week will de-stress and help with sleep.

For additional information & Resources::

For additional information & Resources: “Later School Start Times Improved Adolescent Alertness.” National Sleep Foundation, 16 July 2010. Web 16 Sept. 2011. Klein, Melissa. “Help your child do better in school.” Woman’s World Magazine. April 12 1999. Brown University. "Less Sleep, More Struggles For Elementary And Middle School Students." ScienceDaily , 11 Nov. 2005. Web. 18 Sep. 2011. “ How to Improve Your Teen's Sleep Habits.” National Sleep Foundation, 17, Aug. 2010. Web 16 Sept. 2011. Kids Need Enough Sleep to Succeed at School: Experts. HealthDay News, 31 Aug. 2011. Web 13 Sept. 2011. Chen, Grace. “ The Dramatic Link between Sleep and Student Performance.” Public School Review, LLC, 25 Feb. 2009. Web 10 Sept. 2011.

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