Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services issued the following announcement.
When we are sleeping, we consolidate information from the day, our body is resting, we’re renewing resources internally. So it is critically important.
Most people are not getting enough sleep. Children under the of 12, about 60-70 percent are not getting enough sleep. About 85 percent of teenagers are not getting enough sleep.
School is the number one thing to be affected for our kids and teens. You may see decrease in ability to concentrate and focus, decrease in academic performance.
Especially for our teens who are driving, not getting enough sleep can be dangerous. Teens who sleep less than eight hours a night are one third more likely to have an accident. They can have difficulty staying in their lanes and difficulty recognizing street signs. Lack of sleep reduces attention span, accurate motor control and reaction time.
It may sound impossible to work in another hour of sleep. However, the things that are important to us, that we value, we make time for it. We make time for other things we value like eating, exercising, fun time. It’s important to make time for sleep.
It’s important for parents to help teens and children to understand they need to be getting adequate sleep to be ready for all the other things in your life.
We need to think about “Sleep Hygiene”. It’s creating a routine at night to make going to sleep a little easier, or taking out things that make going to sleep harder. Some tips include:
Don’t feed kids large meals right 30-60 minutes before bed, otherwise the digestion can keep them up.
Not a lot of physical activity 30-60 minutes before bed.
Stop using screens (TV, tables, phones) 30-60 minutes before bed. The light they emit can trick out bodies into thinking it’s daytime rather than bedtime.
Create a consistent sleep schedule.
Signs of sleep problems
Tired during the day
Decrease in academic performance
Original source can be found here.