Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Health & Pregnancy

Font Size

An Hour More Sleep May Help Kids Learn

Children Learn Best When Getting Enough Sleep - Structured Bedtimes Help

continued...

Much the same is true of adults, says Isaacson. "When you sleep late on the weekends, you find yourself repeatedly waking up a little in the morning -- which I find quite delicious, myself. When I get up, I feel fresher and better able to perform."

Almost all studies have shown that when people are deprived of sleep, their mood and ability to perform tests is a bit worse, Isaacson says.

"Having a ritualistic bedtime pattern, especially for younger kids, will help them slow down, get ready to sleep. Also, avoid caffeine and sugar before bedtime because it gives the body the wrong signals and won't let them feel sleepy," he advises.

With teenage kids, a later bedtime may be more acceptable -- since studies have shown that a teen's natural pattern of sleep is to go to bed later and wake up later, says Isaacson.

1|2

Pregnancy Week-By-Week Newsletter

Delivered right to your inbox, get pictures and facts on
what to expect each week of your pregnancy.

Today on WebMD

Woman smiling as she reads pregnancy test
Slideshow
pregnant woman with salad
Quiz
 
pregnancy am i pregnant
Article
calendar and baby buggy
Tool
 

slideshow fetal development
Slideshow
pregnancy first trimester warning signs
Article
 
What Causes Bipolar
Video
Woman trying on dress in store
Slideshow
 

pregnant woman
Article
Close up on eyes of baby breastfeeding
Video
 
healthtool pregnancy calendar
Tool
eddleman prepare your body pregnancy
Video