Sleep deprivation is one of the most significant problems of modern society, yet, we keep skipping on it. While this may be the norm for adults, the case should not be for neither children nor adolescents, or for anyone in development stages for that matter. Why? Because sleep deprivation affects learning and memory processes. Positively or negatively.
Sleep affects academic performance from childhood schooling to university students.
The benefits of good sleep are well-known. The more sleep we get at night, the better we are likely to function during the day. Less sleep usually means impaired learning abilities and less desirable behavior performance. Not only sleep affects cognitive and behavioral performances, but also physical health of children and students. Many studies have documented that sleep deprivation is a contributor of sleeping disorders and obesity. Think about this! Not only you perform poorly during the day, but also you will likely be at risk of other health-related diseases.
Sleep quality matters.
Poor sleep quality means discomfort and increased sleepiness during the day and, consequently, less optimization of cognitive abilities. High quality sleep means healthier body and greater attention span and, consequently, better cognitive and behavior performance.
Because we are prone to societal pressures of doing more with less in the shortest amount of time, it is important to establish routines and practices that help get enough sleep during the night. Start by developing a sleeping schedule, with fixed bedtimes and wake up times. A schedule can be an accountability measure to abide by and apply it everyday. Enroll children in schools with fixed schedules and take college courses with consistent schedules. No matter what you do, establishing a schedule that holds you accountable is a great measuring tool to develop a set of sleeping expectations and lead yourself to better and healthier sleeping habits. Practice healthy habits to increase your learning abilities. And these habits start from a good night's sleep.
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Curcio, G., Ferrara, M., & Degennaro, L. (2006). Sleep loss, learning capacity and academic performance. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 10(5), 323-337. doi:10.1016/j.smrv.2005.11.001