17 Jul The Importance of Sleep for Students
We all know that both the quantity and quality of our sleep has an effect on our overall health, mood and wellbeing. We have also all experienced or heard stories of teens that seem to be able to sleep all day!
Biological sleep patterns shift toward later times for both sleeping and waking during adolescence meaning it is natural to not be able to fall asleep before 11:00 pm.
Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. Most teens do not get enough sleep — one study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights.
Teens tend to have irregular sleep patterns across the week — they typically stay up late and sleep in late on the weekends, which can affect their biological clocks and hurt the quality of their sleep.
It is vital to develop good sleep hygiene if you are studying. But why?
Sleep Improves Memory
Consolidation is a distinct process that serves to maintain, strengthen and modify memories that are already stored in the long-term memory. Once memories undergo the process of consolidation and become part of long-term memory, they are thought of as stable. The process of consolidation happens when we are asleep and is therefore essential for processing new information.
Sleep also plays a critical role in procedural memory. Procedural memory is another part of the long-term memory that is responsible for your motor and visual learning. It stores information on how to perform tasks, such as riding a bike or playing an instrument. In addition, sleep also strengthens the emotional components in our memories and encourages creativity.
It is not surprising then, that sleep deprivation reduces our ability to remember all sorts of information – not helpful for students in any field.
Sleep Improves Attention Levels
New information is much harder to absorb and assimilate when we are tired but a lack of adequate sleep will also make it far harder to recall previously acquired knowledge.
Some research has found that children that repeatedly lack sleep are far more likely to display Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-like symptoms, which affects their ability to concentrate in school.
Lastly, a poor attention span can impair our judgment and impact our ability to accurately assess situations and make rational decisions.
Sleep Improves Academic Results
Students with a regular, good sleep routine have been shown to perform better in school as compared to their sleep-deprived peers. According to The Sleep Foundation “sleepiness leads to slipping grades. For example, in a study of roughly 1,000 children and preadolescents, researchers measured kids’ sleep and school performance and found that poor sleepers (who had difficulty falling asleep and woke up at least once a night) were significantly more likely to have school achievement difficulties.”
Teen Sleep Solutions
- Make sleep a priority.
- Naps can help work more efficiently if you plan them right. Naps that are too long or too close to bedtime can interfere with your regular sleep.
- Make your room a sleep haven. Keep it cool, quiet and dark.
- Consuming caffeine close to bedtime can hurt your sleep, so avoid it late in the day. Nicotine and alcohol will also interfere with your sleep.
- Establish a bed and wake-time and stick to it, coming as close as you can on the weekends.
- Don’t eat, drink, or exercise within a few hours of your bedtime.
- Try to avoid the TV, computer and telephone in the hour before you go to bed. Stick to quiet, calm activities, and you’ll fall asleep much more easily!
- If you do the same things every night before you go to sleep, you teach your body the signals that it’s time for bed.
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