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Sleep and children

Niyati Thole 390 28-Apr-2022

Sleep and children: the effects of sleep deprivation on daily life

Yawning and sleepiness aren't the only symptoms of a student who isn't getting enough sleep. Hyperactivity, crankiness, impulsiveness, and a short attention span are among the other signs identified by studies. Sleep deprivation has fewer visible consequences for health, emotions, academic achievement, and driving abilities. These impacts have long-term ramifications not only in the classroom but also in terms of healthy living and skill development outside of it.

School and sleep

Sleep is good for our health, emotions, memory, and academic performance. Inadequate sleep, on the other hand, can have a detrimental impact on our well-being, decision-making, and attentiveness, all of which are essential for academic achievement. Childhood has been regarded as a vital era for influencing and creating good behaviors in children. Because sleep has such a significant influence on students' health and performance, it's critical to encourage appropriate nighttime habits in our families, communities, and, especially, in our schools during this time.

We are sleeping less and less as a culture. One out of every four Canadians is sleep-deprived, and 60–70 percent of Canadian students are frequently drowsy in the mornings. School-aged children have later bedtimes, and over half of Canadian teenagers have had trouble falling or staying asleep on at least one occasion.

Sleep and the surrounding sociocultural environment

Sleep deprivation can have long-term implications. Sleep patterns must be evaluated in the same way that eating and exercise must be considered in healthy lifestyle choices. This necessitates emphasizing our sleep requirements at school, in our families, and our communities. It's good to remember that sleep is a crucial aspect in functioning at our best physically, cognitively, and emotionally while deciding how to combine our cultural and personal responsibilities with our sleep needs. We may be blocking our minds from retaining the knowledge we want them to remember or our bodies from developing as we had planned when we put off sleep to study or practice a skill.


There are three ways that homework might impair a child's sleep. To begin with, the time it takes to complete an assignment may interfere with sleep time. Second, work completed too soon before bedtime may overstimulate a youngster, making it difficult for him or her to go asleep. Finally, if schoolwork is completed on or near a kid's bed, the youngster may link the place with work or stress, making it difficult for the child to go asleep.

Technology and home entertainment

Closely watching television, movies, or video games before night can all lead to sleep deprivation. Our thoughts are aroused, even if we feel and act calmly while watching various sorts of entertainment. It may be tough to fall asleep if we do not have enough leisure before bed. Furthermore, children who engage in improper content for their age may find it difficult to sleep because they may get frightened. Such content may also raise the likelihood of nighttime nightmares. Finally, if we use entertainment technology too close to sleep, we may find ourselves utilizing it after we should have gone to bed.

Habits of Eating

A large dinner just before bedtime might make sleeping difficult. Going to bed on an empty stomach, on the other hand, can have the same effect, so striking a balance is crucial.


Caffeine is a stimulant that may be found in a variety of foods and beverages, including chocolate, chocolate milk, tea, iced tea, soft drinks, coffee, herbal treatments, and much over-the-counter pain and cold medications. Caffeine might make us more productive throughout the day, but it can also make it difficult to sleep at night.

Tobacco and alcoholic beverages

Although drinking alcohol may make it easier to fall asleep at first, when it is digested, it works as a stimulant, causing us to wake up throughout the night and aggravating or causing sleep difficulties. Smoking, on the other hand, can exacerbate many sleep problems while also causing others including restless leg syndrome and sleep-disordered breathing.

Sleep and well-being

Insufficient sleep has a significant impact on several physiological functions:

  • The neurohormones leptin and ghrelin are involved in the control of hunger.
  • Controlling blood glucose levels raises the risk of diabetes in youngsters.
  • Cardiovascular function management
  • Obesity is caused by a combination of several risk factors.

In Quebec, it has been discovered that a lack of sleep is linked to the development of childhood obesity. Children whose parents are overweight have a substantially higher risk of becoming overweight themselves. This might be due to heredity or the fact that they picked up bad eating habits from their parents. Sleep patterns, like eating habits, are directly linked to a family's lifestyle, and many youngsters sleep less than they require. This is significant because insufficient sleep causes hormonal changes that are similar to those linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension.

Updated 28-Apr-2022
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