August 27, 2014

A good night’s sleep and good grades go hand-in-hand

A good night’s sleep is important to a child’s success in school. Dr. Casey Burg with Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha says more and more children are suffering from insomnia or other sleep problems. He says there are simple things parents can do to help insure a good night’s sleep.

Set a bedtime and stick to it even on weekends. Limit the amount of TV, video game and computer time prior to bed. Avoid chocolate and other forms of caffeine in the afternoon and evenings.

Dr. Burg says lack of sleep can cause decreased attention span, sleeping in class, reduced reaction time and all of that can lead to lower grades.

Dr Burg recommends grade school children should get between 10 and 11 hours of sleep each night. Those in middle and high school need between 9 and 10 hours.