Back to School, Back to Sleep
Fixing your children's sleep problems may improve their grades and their behavior.
The new school year is upon us. From bedtime battles to the misery of
morning call, summertime sleep habits die hard. Late summer nights combined
with early school start times, and the stresses of just being a kid, deprive
our children of essential sleep. And sleep deprivation often wreaks havoc with
health, academic performance, and behavior. It is an unrecognized epidemic.
From elementary school through high school and beyond, a great many of our
children are chronically sleep-deprived. With more than more than 2/3 of all
children having some kind of sleep problem, and most adolescents not getting
enough sleep, many will struggle to meet the barrage of new challenges,
demands, and emotions of a new school year. It is not widely recognized and
appreciated just how pervasive and critical quality sleep is for brain
development and how it directly influences daytime functioning, performance,
mood, and behavior. When was the last time your doctor or school teacher asked
about your child's sleep? Parents wouldn't think of letting their child skip
meals or run into a busy street, but staying up late is very often of little
concern. It shouldn't be.