Pupils ‘should get good night-time rest’

Sleeping for the correct amount of time each night is vital to good cognitive functioning in pupils, an expert claims

Sleeping for the correct amount of time each night is vital to good cognitive functioning in pupils, an expert claims

Sleeping well at night is “vital” for pupils’ healthy cognitive functioning, an expert has stated.

Agony aunt Leanna Landsman told a Detroit Free Press reader who wrote in about her son that he may well need more rest.

The mother said her son’s teacher had suggested he needed more sleep, noting that she had moved his bedtime back now he is in the fifth grade.

However, Ms Landsman explained that specialists from the National Sleep Foundation recommend between ten and 11 hours of time spend in children’s beds for five to 12-year-olds.

In the letter, the reader explained that it could be hard to rouse her son in the morning, but “he has no problem staying up late”.

The expert urged her to ask the teacher about any particular behaviour she had seen, pointing out that cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham found that teachers he questioned believed that parents should ensure their children get a good night’s sleep before school.

According to the NHS, simple bedtime routines should be established for children in order to ensure they have adequate rest.

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