By Karen Best Wright, B.S., M.A., CHES
Holistic Health & Wellness Educator (and grandmother)
I was recently reading about a research project in regards to elementary age children and sleep. The subjects were healthy children with no health or behavioral problems. With permission of the parents, the researchers performed the experiment to see if children with less sleep behaved differently than children with more sleep.
What do you think they discovered? Well, they discovered what every parent and grandparent raising children already know. Why didn't they save their money and just ask us? Children who do not get sufficient sleep, performed worse at school and engaged less with their peers and teachers. SURPRISE!
They did suggest that on days when the children do not have school monitor how long they naturally sleep. This will give you a good idea on the amount of sleep they may need, since each child is different. Set betime schedules are important and giving the children time to wind down without the TV or computer on will help children go to sleep better.
So while this study gave some good information, it told what parents already know. That sleep deprived children can be cranky and disruptive. In other words grandmothers, make sure your grandchildren are on a schedule and are getting enough sleep to help with better grades, better behavior, and healthier children.
A grandmother in love with her grandchildren