Everyone needs to get the proper rest before they head out for a long day. Parents have to get enough sleep in order to function properly at work. Children need enough sleep in order to function well in a school setting. Sleep deprivation has very bad effects on elementary school children. It is highly recommended that parents are consistent in getting their children to bed so that they can get enough sleep for the long day ahead.
Here are some of the ways in which sleep deprivation can affect your elementary school child:
Falling Asleep In Class
Children who are too tired will nod off at their desk at school. This is a disruption to their schoolwork and that of the entire class. It is disruptive to have a child fall asleep in class. Other students will often find their attention on that issue rather than what they are supposed to be thinking about. Your child will fall behind on schoolwork because he/she missed something important while he/she was nodding off.
It is much harder to concentrate on schoolwork when you are tired. Not getting enough sleep will make the mind incapable of retaining anything your son/daughter hears or reads that day. That is because the mind is only thinking about the sleep that it so desperately needs. It is not concerned with reading and arithmetic when it doesn’t have enough energy to think past the pillow.
When a person is too tired, he/she will not be able to think logically. Things that would be easy become extremely hard. A child who is suffering from sleep deprivation will not be able to look at things and logically piece together answers. Any thing that the child would have otherwise learned from his/her day at school will be lost to him/her.
Tests are meant to find out the skills that a child has retained over a period of time. If a child is deprived of sleep the night before a test, he/she will certainly not perform as well as if he/she had enough sleep. If the child’s test scores drop, his/her overall grade will be affected by it. It could even mean failure.
Failure to Thrive in a School Setting
Children who are sleep deprived for long periods of time will eventually be unable to thrive in the school environment. If the child cannot perform the duties which he/she is supposed to, that is failure to thrive. The child must go to school by legal standards, but that doesn’t guarantee that he/she will be able to do what is necessary to make it through. It is setting the child up for failure.
The effects of sleep deprivation in elementary school children is detrimental to their well being. It can be likened to asking a telephone operator working without a telephone. The job can’t be done without the right equipment. In this case, the child is being asked to work without properly functioning brain.
Be sure that your children get enough sleep each night. If there is an issue that is causing him/her not to get his/her rest, it may be time to seek counseling to find out exactly why and what can be done about it.