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05/09/2016

Help Your Child to Be Prepared for School with a Quality Sleep

With the proven link between sleep deprivation to attention problems, issues with alertness and memory recall, the importance of your child achieving a solid night's sleep can not be understated. Apart from their general health and well-being, these effects can take their toll on your child's ability to perform at their best in an academic environment. On the surface it can seem like sleep is one solid activity, where your brain and your body relax for a number of hours before each night becoming completely awake and active the next morning. However, how a person sleeps is broken into segments, each performing their role in helping us to feel refreshed the next morning. Arguably the most important segment of sleep is REM, or 'Rapid Eye Movement'. This is the deepest level of sleep during which new memories are formed. This stage is crucial to increase your child's learning as it allows their brain to organize the day's lessons. Achieving a quality state of REM sleep can take around one to one and a half hours, and once achieved, occurs in a cycle which grows in duration throughout the sleep period. For this reason, it is important that your child is provided with sufficient time to sleep each night so that their body and brain can not only achieve this level of sleep but benefit from large amounts of it. Aside from getting your child into bed and away from the many distractions in your home, falling asleep quickly is often a challenge faced by many children who can stay awake in bed for hours before drifting off to sleep. With school starting early each morning, it can be difficult for them to achieve the level of crucial sleep they require. If this is a challenge faced by your child and you searching for ways to help them get to sleep easier and take advantage of as much REM sleep as possible, The Tutoring Center of The Woodlands has a post which can help.

Benefit From a Routine

Completing the same actions in the same way before any task is the best way for your brain and body to prepare subconsciously for what's ahead. And sleep is no exception. Plan a routine for your child to follow each night before bed, such as reading a book, then brushing their teeth, then getting into their pajamas before getting into bed. Over time, these actions will work as triggers for their brain to begin to relax before your child's head hits the pillow.

What's Keeping Them Awake?

Caffeine is the number one reason why children are kept awake each night, with many drinking sodas with their evening meal finished off with chocolate for dessert. Both of these products, even chocolate, can contain enough caffeine to keep your child's brain active and prevent them from achieving sleep easily. With an effective duration of up to nine hours, removing caffeine from your child's diet after midday can have a great positive impact on their ability to sleep at night. If your child enjoys drinking soda with dinner, a great alternative could be a carbonated and flavored spring water. If you feel that your child's sleeping patterns are affecting their education, and they have fallen behind, help is at hand. Call The Tutoring Center of The Woodlands at 281 602 3839 and find out how one-to-one instruction tutoring classes near The Woodlands County can increase your child's learning and educational success.

Everyday Distractions

Alongside caffeine, distractions, especially technological ones, are in a close second place for keeping your child's brain awake and active at night. The best way to deal with distractions is to remove them entirely. Make your chid's bedroom a 'mobile device free zone' to prevent them from reaching for their cell phone or tablet after not achieving sleep in 10 minutes. Even if turned on silent and placed on the nightstand, the light emitted from these devices as notifications are received can bring your child out of a light sleep as they are just drifting off. Many parents often find that their children will also check their cellphones or tablets if they wake up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. This immediately wakes up their brain and makes it even harder to fall back asleep again.

Set a Bedtime and Stick to It

Similar to a routine, your child's brain and body are controlled by a process known as the 'circadian system.' This system manages the times they will naturally feel sleepy and wake up. While this is controlled by their body, it can be adjusted for a schedule by ensuring your child goes to bed at the same time each night. Over a short period, their brain will become accustomed to sleeping at their set bedtime, and their body will become tired just in time.

Tutoring Classes Near The Woodlands County

By taking note of these tips, you can help your child to achieve quality sleep each night and help their brain to be prepared for school the next morning. If your child is struggling during school for reasons other than poor sleep, speak with The Tutoring Center of The Woodlands at 281 602 3839 and ask about how one-to-one tutoring classes near The Woodlands County can help.

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