Getting Enough Sleep........
According to the Centers
for Disease Control, (2008), inadequate sleep is linked to a number of
chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression.
The majority of Americans do not get enough sleep to perform at the best of
their ability. Studies have found that children who do not get enough sleep
have more problems at school.
Children with poor sleep
habits have more difficulty paying attention in class, retaining information
and completing high quality school work. Video games, television, the
internet and caffeinated beverages can disrupt children's sleep.
Additionally, children who do not develop good sleep patterns during
childhood may suffer from sleep deprivation their whole life.
The recommended amount of
sleep for school age children is 10 to 11 hours per night. Set a bedtime
and enforce it. Sleep is food for the brain. An adequate amount of sleep
each night leaves children refreshed, helps them think clearly and leads
them to enjoy life to the fullest.
Certified Health Education Specialist