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The importance of sleep for student health

Tesla Education 24 Nov, 2021 10:55 am

Sleep plays an extremely important role for the growth of the body as well as for the physical and mental health of students. Therefore, it is necessary for students to practice good sleep habits from an early age. 

Why is sleep important to students? 

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has made recommendations to determine the amount of sleep needed to promote health for both children and adolescents.

Recommended sleep time for children and adolescents by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

In children, the need for sleep is higher than that of adults, and sleep is closely related to the secretion of growth hormone. Medical studies have proven that when sleeping, the body secretes growth hormone 4 times higher than when awake. That will later affect the height of the children. 

Sleep also helps restore health and mind. Sleep contributes to improving learning ability, supporting children’s emotional and behavioral control. Some of the benefits of sleep for students are: 

– Regenerating energy, helping the brain to recover and work better. 

– Enhancing memory and concentration.

– Promoting creativity. 

– Reducing stress, bringing about emotional balance. 

– Improving the body’s immunity. 

Sleep contributes to improving learning ability, supporting children’s emotional and behavioral control

The relationship between sleep and learning ability 

Sleep is an important part of the memory and learning process. Sleep deprivation can impair memory and concentration. Not getting enough sleep makes students less focused during class, and the acquisition of knowledge becomes more difficult. Overactive neurons can reduce the ability to access learned information. 

Student sleep and mental health 

Getting enough sleep at night will help you feel happy, refreshed and full of energy the next morning. On the contrary, lack of sleep not only affects academic performance but also causes emotional and behavioral problems in children. Students with lack of sleep are easily irritable, anxious, and difficult to control their moods. This situation can lead to mental health problems in the long run. 

Getting enough sleep at night will help you feel happy, refreshed and full of energy the next morning

What are the signs that students have sleep problems? 

Sleep-deprived students may exhibit poor concentration, poor academic performance, and poor mood. Parents should suspect that their child isn’t getting enough sleep if they have one of the following: 

– Doze off during class or doze off during the day. 

– Tired of waking up in the morning. 

– Difficulty falling asleep. 

– Waking up frequently at night. 

– Difficulty breathing or breathing through their mouth while sleeping.

– Moody, irritable, short-tempered,… 

– Overactive or hyperactive… 

How can I help my child sleep better? 

– Help your child get into the habit of going to bed and waking up at a fixed time. This will keep your child’s biological clock on a consistent schedule.  

– Create a quiet space and reduce the light in the room when sleeping. 

– Regulate the time to use technology devices before bedtime. Blue light from TVs, mobile phones, computers, etc. can reduce the secretion of melatonin hormone (which has the effect of inducing sleepiness). Parents should turn off these devices at least 1 hour before their child goes to bed or leave them out of the child’s bedroom. 

Sleep is very important for the body, so no matter what age we are, we also need to ensure a good sleep to protect the body and take care of our mental health. With the above sharing, Tesla hopes that parents have understood the importance of sleep for their children so you can support their comprehensive development.

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