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05/09/2016

The Academic Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep, And How To Get It!

Sleep is essential for life. It is a time during which the body can rest and divert its attention from active functions to processes such as a healing and repair. Sleep is also the time when the brain is most active and requires the most energy – it is even more active than during wake! This is because, during sleep, the body focuses on creating new pathways in the brain as well as consolidating others. A child aged 12 to 18 years old should be getting 8 to 9 hours of good-quality sleep every night. Unfortunately, with classes starting early and all the distractions of our 24-7 modern society, it can be tough to ensure that your child does not become sleep-deprived. Studies have shown that even relatively mild sleep deprivation can lead to problems with focus and attention, memory loss and an inability to concentrate. Therefore, if your child is regularly missing out on hours of sleep, it could be having a serious impact on their ability to learn. Luckily, help is at hand! The Tutoring Center of Honolulu has put together this selection of ‘top tips’ to help make bedtime less of a nightmare!

Send Caffeine Packing!

This potent drug affects the nervous system, causing an increased heart rate as well as making you feel more alert and less tired. Excellent news for adults wanting to be more productive at work, but not a good idea for children trying to get a good night’s sleep. Coffee is not the only beverage which contains Caffeine – it is also prevalent in sodas like Cola and is present in small amounts inside chocolate! The effects of caffeine can last for a long time in the body, so it is best to not to let your child consume it after midday to promote a peaceful rest at night.

Develop Good Habits

Sleep specialists recommend following a ‘bedtime routine.' This means, doing the same things in the same order every night before going to bed. Psychologically, this alerts your brain to the fact that bedtime is coming and that it is time to start winding down. The earlier that you introduce the idea of a ‘bedtime routine’ into your child’s day, the easier it will be to implement and the easier it will be for your child to maintain it. Have you noticed that your child has been struggling in their classes? It could be more than a sleep-related problem, and they could have trouble understanding the lessons being presented. Tutoring near Honolulu County could be the solution you’ve been looking for. Call The Tutoring Center of Honolulu today at 808 377 5500 to book a free consultation and learn more about the benefits of one-to-one instruction.

Create a ‘Technology-Free Zone.'

Almost everyone nowadays has a cell phone and/or laptop computer, including many children and teens. Some scientists suggest that the type of light emitted by these devices can stimulate the brain, making people feel more awake and making it hard to fall asleep. Others feel that they are simply an unwelcome distraction that can prevent your child from getting enough sleep. Most experts recommend removing these items from the bedroom after ‘lights out’ as they have been found to cause insomnia and many other sleep problems.

Bedroom Basics

Your child’s bedroom should be a place where they feel comfortable and relaxed enough to fall asleep. Talk to your child about their preferences – do they like complete darkness and silence? Or perhaps they need a little bit of light and noise to feel comfortable. Night lights can be useful, or leaving the radio on at a low volume. If your child prefers low noise but becomes distracted with the radio, consider a white noise machine.

Keep Bedtime Constant

The body has a natural rhythm that controls our drive to sleep and urge to wake. This is known as the ‘circadian rhythm.' It works best when sleep times and wake times are roughly the same every day. It can get very confused when these times change, like when we travel to another time zone and experience ‘jet lag’. Help your child to benefit from their natural circadian rhythm by keeping sleep times and wake times constant.

Help Your Child Excel with Tutoring Service near Honolulu County

Following these tips will help optimize your child’s sleep quality while tutoring near Honolulu County could assist them with their grades. Call The Tutoring Center of Honolulu today at 808 377 5500 to find out about how one-to-one instruction can help your child excel during their education.

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