Not so long ago, the New York Times carried a blog post that went by the name of “We tell kids to go to sleep! We need to teach them why.” The post was written with the aim of providing some valuable insights on the correlation that existed between the sleeping habits of a child and its impact on their learning and information processing capabilities. The highlight of the blog was several results obtained from studies conducted on the sleeping habits of children in the age group of 4 to 12 years.
The post goes on to explain at length how sleep helps to renew and restore the body while also performing some much-needed maintenance work on the mind. Sleep helps to preserve important memories from the day gone by and also reinforces skills and information that one may have learned just recently. Moreover, results from research conducted around the period this blog post was published indicated that an increase of half an hour in the amount of daily sleep received by a child helped to reduce their impulsiveness, restlessness, emotional inconsistencies, and daytime sleepiness. Experts have noted that such behaviors usually have a negative effect on what a school-age child learns in the classroom.