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05/09/2016

How Sleep Could Be The Key To Your Child’s Academic Success

Human beings spend around 30% of their life asleep, with the amount of time spent sleeping per day decreasing as age increases. Sleep is essential for life – when completely deprived of sleep, people become very sick very quickly. Experts have found that even a small amount of sleep deprivation can have profound effects on memory, concentration, attention and the ability to retain new information. Therefore, it is crucial to make sure that your child is getting enough sleep every night, to give them the best possible chance at school.

So, How Much Sleep Is Enough?

Sleep specialists recommend at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night for children and adolescents between 12 and 18 years of age. Most secondary schools begin classes at between 7.30 and 8.00am, with some opening even earlier at 7 am. If your child wakes up at 6.30 am every weekday to go to school, then to achieve 8 hours of sleep they should be aiming to nod-off at around 10 to 10.30pm. How often does this happen in your home? With busy lives and all the distractions of modern life, it can feel like a nightmare trying to ensure that your child goes to bed at a reasonable hour. The Tutoring Center of Torrance has put together some suggestions of ways in which to avoid bedtime becoming a nightmare.

Limit or Ban Caffeine

Caffeine is a drug that affects the nervous system. It has a stimulating effect and is often consumed in beverages such as tea or coffee to help us feel awake and alert. Many adults drink caffeine every day, but this is not recommendable for children, who are more susceptible to its effect. Perhaps you already avoid giving your child tea and coffee but did you know that drinks such as cola and chocolate can also contain caffeine? It is advisable to limit your child’s consumption of caffeine as it can make it more difficult for them to falls asleep and can also affect sleep quality.

Be a Creature of Habit

As humans, we respond well to routine. Repeating the same actions every night before bed is known as a ‘bedtime routine.' This sends psychological signals to the brain that it is time to wind down. It can help children to avoid insomnia and fall asleep quickly. The routine can be very simple, such as brushing your teeth, followed by changing into pajamas, reading and then turning off the light. If your child has been falling behind their classmates, tutoring near Carson could be the answer. Speak with The Tutoring Center of Torrance today at 310 530 5377 to find out about one-to-one instruction classes available to give your child the attention they need to succeed.

Quit the Gadgets

Many sleep experts name gadgets such as cell phones and computers to be the number one reason for children and adolescents not getting enough sleep. The light emitted by these devices can make it harder to fall asleep, and the urge to always be checking messages or continuing with a game can be very disruptive to sleep. We recommend removing all these items from your child’s bedroom or setting a ‘curfew’ after which they have to be switched off.

Get Comfortable

The environment in which your child sleeps can have a significant effect on their sleep quality. Everyone is different – some people require total darkness and silence to sleep while others need a small amount of light and noise to help them to relax. Find out what your child likes and try to make their bedroom as comfortable and inviting as possible. Many children find a white-noise machine which emits static noise, or a low hum can help them drift off to sleep easily.

Stick to a Schedule

Something known as the 'circadian rhythm' controls our natural sleep and wake times. This is what makes our eyes feel heavy, and our body feel tired at night, and what gives us the urge to wake up in the morning. Keeping wake time and bedtimes the same, even at weekends, can help to take advantage of this natural rhythm and help your child sleep more deeply and wake feeling more refreshed.

Children Benefit from Attending a Tutoring Learning Center in Carson

Although getting a good night’s sleep will certainly benefit your child, they may still require extra support. Speak with The Tutoring Center of Torrance at 310 530 5377 and learn more about how our academic programs and one-to-one instruction can help your child increase their grades and their confidence.

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