What Happens When Children Do Not Get Enough Sleep

Today’s blog is a continuation from yesterday where I spoke about establishing a sleep routine for your child. When children walk through the door of school each day, teachers expect them to be well rested, healthy, fed and ready for a new and exciting day of learning.    Many children arrive at school tired and unable to perform their best work.  Sleep deprivation seems to start early. A 2004 survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that on average, children in every age group from infancy through fifth grade failed to get even the low end of the recommended range of sleep. Experts say that most children do not get enough sleep each night and are being asked to work at school without a properly functioning brain.  Many children suffer from the psychological and physical effects of sleep deprivation that include:

  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Difficulty  concentrating and thinking
  • Difficulty learning new information
  • Difiiculty in retaining anything that was heard or read at school
  • Difficulty performing at school
  • Increased mood swings, fatigue, irritability, impulsivity and behavior problems, difficulties in relationships with other children

Signs of Sleep Deprivation in Children

By Charlina Stewart

When children are sleep deprived, they can exhibit any combination of these symptoms:

  • irritability
  • temper tantrums
  • decreased patience
  • hyperactivity
  • crying and fussiness
  • tired when they wake-up in the mornings
  • poor concentration
  • poor school performance
  • poor impulse control
  • clumsiness

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Please help your child start to get in a sleep routine NOW so  that it will be in place when the new school year begins in a few weeks.  Well rested children do well in school!


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