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Three Life Hacks for Families Using the Mathematics of Sleep
Dec 24, 2018
If your kids seem cranky or distracted when doing homework, think about their sleep habits. Just as their bodies need sleep to be healthy, their brains also need sleep for them to be happy and to function well.
A good night’s sleep will help everyone in the family process and retain information, problem-solve, and concentrate during the day. Adequate sleep helps achieve the alertness needed for complex mental processes and mental stamina.
Life Hack #1: Know How Many Hours of Sleep Each Family Member Needs
While individuals vary in how much sleep they need, you can use these age guidelines as a starting place. Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Children ages five to thirteen need regular bedtimes and about 9-11 hours of sleep. Teens need 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Unfortunately, many doctors consider sleep deprivation to be an epidemic, with parents often modeling poor sleep habits for their children.
The Center for Disease Control reports that one in three adults don’t sleep the minimum recommended hours per night. According to the Sleep in America Poll, over fifty percent of adolescents and seventy-five percent of teens are sleep deprived. Sleep scientist Wendy Troxel encourages teenagers to sleep more in order to improve their mental health and do better in school. This makes sense, because a high-school math class, or math tutoring session, requires significant mental stamina.
Sleep deprivation in younger children is less prevalent than it is with teens and adults, but it is still a problem. Tired children simply can’t learn as well.
Life Hack #2: Understand the Math and Science to Change the Habit
Enforcing bedtime habits may be easier when you understand the research on sleep needs...
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