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Are your kids sleep deprived?
Getting into good sleeping habits is important forand adults alike, as getting enough rest allows your body to restore and rejuvenate.
Loss of concentration and irritability are just two of the symptoms that can arise from not getting enough rest, which can have an impact on your children’s performance in the classroom.
Ensuring kids follow a sound sleeping schedule is the best way to make sure they are getting the rest they need, but in some cases this is not quite as easy as it sounds.
The subject of how much sleep kids need is hotly debated, but Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic recommends around 11 hours a night up to the age of five.
For children between the ages of six and nine, approximately ten hours of rest is advised, which drops to nine hours as they approach their teenage years.
However, it seems that many children may not be meeting these guidelines, as a new study from Travelodge suggests.
The Travelodge Child Sleep Study assessed the resting habits of children between the ages of six and 15 to find the average youngster doesn’t hit the sack until 11:20pm..
As a result, 79 per cent said they find it difficult to concentrate at school, 82 per cent felt tired during the day and 26 per cent admitted to falling asleep in class.
Almost half of the 2,000 kids questioned did not follow a bedtime routine and failed to go to bed at the same time each night.
Dr Pat Spungin, child psychologist and family life specialist, said that parents need to be very concerned about the effects of sleep deprivation on their offspring.
“Scientific evidence shows that adequate night-time sleep is just as important as healthy eating and regular exercise for children to develop,” she commented, adding that the findings of the research present cause for concern.
Many of the parents polled said they believe teaching kids about the importance of sleep is important, although more than half thought there was not enough support and advice on the issue.
In light of this, a large proportion believes it should be taught in schools.