Reduced bedtime can reduce children’s cognitive abilities

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Something here for every parent, and those, who plan to have children.

Children nowadays sleep lesser than we did when we were young. “It has been documented in a handful of major studies that children, from elementary school through high school, get about an hour less sleep each night than they did 30 years ago. While parents obsess over babies’ sleep, this concern falls off the priority list after preschool. Even kindergartners get 30 minutes less a night than they used to.”

There are plenty of reasons for this lack of sleep – overscheduling of activities, burdensome homework, lax bedtimes, televisions and cell phones in the bedroom all contribute. So does guilt; home from work after dark, parents want time with their children and are reluctant to play the hard-ass who orders them to bed.

The results are dramatic:

“Because children’s brains are a work-in-progress until the age of 21, and because much of that work is done while a child is asleep, this lost hour appears to have an exponential impact on children that it simply doesn’t have on adults.”

“Teens who received A’s averaged about fifteen more minutes sleep than the B students, who in turn averaged eleven more minutes than the C’s, and the C’s had ten more minutes than the D’s.” Think about that!!!

“The surprise is how much sleep affects academic performance and emotional stability, as well as phenomena that we assumed to be entirely unrelated, such as the international obesity epidemic and the rise of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. A few scientists theorize that sleep problems during formative years can cause permanent changes in a child’s brain structure: damage that one can’t sleep off like a hangover. It’s even possible that many of the hallmark characteristics of being a tweener and teen—moodiness, depression, and even binge eating—are actually symptoms of chronic sleep deprivation.”

These are studies from the US> Now, I am worried about the children in Asia, because from what I see and know, I feel that sleep depreviation is much more widespread here!! This will only change, if parents decide to let their children get out of the rat race and have a better and more relaxed time. Where is the time gone, when children could play for hours without being disturbed by parents who want to sent them to tuition classes?

Found at Guy Kawasaki. Original source of information is here and here.

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