#BRAVEminds – Sleep Health

#BRAVEminds – Sleep Health
Posted on 12/04/2018
Director of Pupil Services Erica Leppert

#BRAVEMinds need sleep!  

I realize I’m “shouting” this … but sleep is that important for brain health for many reasons. Children who get adequate sleep have a healthier immune system and better school performance, behavior, memory, and mental health.

Is your child getting enough sleep?  

Sometimes practices, rehearsals, homework, and other commitments get in the way of getting enough sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says that school-age children require 9-12 hours in a 24-hour period; teens require 8-10 hours. Sleep deprivation is associated with irritability, difficulty concentrating, hypertension, obesity, headaches, and depression.

Here are some quick tips to enusre your child gets enough sleep each night:

Establish a bedtime routine. Start a “quiet time,” such as listening to quiet music or reading a book, 20 to 30 minutes before bedtime. TV should not be a part of the quiet time.

Be active during the day. Give your children the opportunity to get fresh air and engage in physical activity every day.

Monitor screen time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping all screens (TVs, laptops, tablets, phones) out of children’s bedrooms, especially at night.  Screen time within the hour before bed may cause sleep disruption.

Avoid overscheduling. Take time to wind down and give children downtime.

Talk to your pediatrician about sleep.  Your pediatrician can answer any questions you have about your child’s sleep habits.

Sweet dreams, Braves!   

Erica Leppert
Director of Pupil Services