Whether your child has trouble getting to bed on time due to a busy schedule or your child finds it hard to settle and stay asleep, lack of sleep can be a detriment not just to your child’s health but to their ability to do their best in school.

While your child may seem happy enough living on such little sleep other areas may become impacted. When it comes to a lack of sleep and school , here is what you may want to keep an eye on.

How Your Child’s Sleep Effects Their Learning

Here are the main concerns when your child has not had enough sleep then heads off to school.

  • Planning and Organization Skills – A tired brain can be an impaired brain. If you have ever stayed up all night or only slept for a couple of hours you likely understand how you can feel foggy. This can impair the part of your brain that is responsible for problem-solving, planning and organization. A child may spend more time looking for things they lost or trying to work out how to prioritize issues at school.
  • Attention and Focus – Micro sleeps are when your brain waves lapse into a sleep like pattern you are still awake but you space out. This causes your child to get distracted, lose focus and zone out missing important pieces of a lesson.
  • Mood and behavior – Being overtired can cause even the best-behaved child to become impulsive, moody or hyperactive. Many children that are tired let their tempers fly or work themselves up into a state that can be hard to reverse. This can get your child in trouble in class and can be challenging for the staff to handle while looking after the rest of the class.
  • Memory – Your short term and long term memory need sleep to help it function properly. When you have not had enough sleep you may not be able to access those parts of your memory and you may remember the things you need to remember more slowly or not at all.

Your Child and Sleep

As you can see above being tired can cause several problems for your child while at school. While each child is different there are some general guidelines that focus on how much sleep your child should be getting each night.

  • Infants: A nap of at least 3 hours during the day and 9-10 hours at night
  • Toddlers: A nap of at least 2-3 hours during the day and 9-10 hours at night
  • School Age Children: 9-11 hours a night
  • Adults: 7-8 hours a night

By following these general guidelines, you can help your child do better at school.

The staff at Montessori Newark want to help your child earn their full potential, schedule a tour with us today and learn how we can help your child grow and blossom in every area.

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