Most of us know that all people need around 7-8 hours of sleep per night, but it is especially important for students.
Consistently getting quality sleep will improve your student's mental, emotional, and physical performance. It improves their immune system, balances hormones, boosts metabolism, and improves brain function.
The main reason sleep is so important for a student's success in school is because this is the time when their brain is "cleaning" itself.
Just like every other cell in our body, our brain cells are eating, reproducing, and making waste products. When we are awake, our brain is super active with learning, thinking, and controlling our entire body - and this creates a lot of "brain garbage!"
During sleep, our body uses this time to remove all that waste and allows us to repeat the learning processes day after day. It's like removing all the unneeded files from your computer, so you have storage for more important files.
If your student is not getting enough quality sleep then all this "brain garbage" stays backed up in their brain, reducing cognitive performance and learning potential.
HERE A FEW RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE
(1) Sleep Smarter Book by Shawn Stevenson
(2) How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need?
Thanks and please let me know if this is helpful or if there are other areas you would like to hear about!