A modern study has shown that students who achieve averages of C, D and E grades get approximately 25-30 fewer minutes of sleep per night than those who achieve A and B averages. What does this mean for the emerging generations? These days, we have far more opportunities to sleep through the night, yet we are facing a crisis, and the younger generations are not getting enough sleep.
I have heard personal accounts from teachers that their young students, ages 6 and 7, are coming to school sleep deprived after spending long nights playing video games or watching tv. One teacher I know allows her students to nap during class, just to make sure they get the sleep they need.
What, then, is the solution?
Studies have shown the impact of blue light devices and room light on the brain in the evening hours leading up to sleep. Our circadian rhythm, on which we all rely to remain balanced between nighttime and day, is influenced by exposure to light. Light exposure alters our responses to the ordinary nighttime triggers that tell our brains that it is time to sleep.
Create a nurturing sleep environment:
- Forgo electronics within 1-2 hours of bedtime.
- Make the bedroom and electronics-free zone overnight.
- Include VOC-free bedding, and organic pillows and blankets that keep children cozy and tucked in.
- Consider dimming lights before going to sleep in the evening.
- Teach children the importance of sleep.
There is something to that blanket or stuffy that children the world over hang on to. At Resthouse, we encourage children to sleep with something they can hold on to, as the hugging motion they recreate during sleep can do wonders to calm their nervous systems (releasing oxytocin) and bring them into a deep and truly peaceful sleep. A body pillow used in this way may also quickly become an alignment tool that helps them sleep on their sides throughout the years of their lives.
With these tips in mind, we hope you can create a nurturing and health promoting environment for the children you know. Sleep is a lifelong science that has its foundation in early development. With a brain supported by sleep, especially those 25-30 extra minutes, children can grow to become the healthy and happy thinkers, dreamers and doers of future generations.
Resthouse Sleep Solutions
126 Station Street, Duncan, BC, Canada V9L 1M7