As Dr. Mary Ann stated in her back-to-school post, changing to “school hours” for sleeping and waking is important as students transition back to school. It is also important to continue to monitor your child’s sleep throughout the school year because sleep plays an important role in learning, memory, behavior, and emotional control.
Studies have found that children who sleep less than recommended amounts perform more poorly on ability and school achievement measures.
In addition, children with ADHD often have more sleep disturbances than comparison groups, including their ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Students with ADHD already have a more difficult time with executive functioning in school, so it is essential that parents of children with ADHD help set their children up to be as successful as possible by ensuring their children get enough sleep at night.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following amounts of sleep per night:
Guaranteeing that your child gets enough sleep each night can be tricky in our modern world of multiple after-school activities and many choices of technology. Here are some tips that may help:
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