While healthy sleep is essential for alertness and other key functions related to academic success, research involving the impact of the amount of sleep on a child’s day-to-day behavior in school has been limited. An estimated 64% of school-aged children (ages 6 to 12) go to bed later than 9 p.m., and 43% of boys ages 10 to 11 sleep less than the recommended amount each night.
According to the authors of a recent study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, a modest addition of sleep each night — an average of 27 minutes among children ages 7 to 11 — resulted in significant improvement in their ability to regulate their emo-tions, including limiting restless-impulsive behavior in school.
Conversely, children who decreased their sleep by 54 minutes were associated with detectable deterioration of such measures. Study authors say these new findings sup-port the importance of sleep among school-age children, and the need for greater efforts to eliminate child sleep problems.
— Source: American Academy of Pediatrics