You’re probably looking forward to the end of Daylight Saving Time this weekend for some healthy sleep. That one “extra” hour of sleep can seem like magic when it feels like we never get enough. Browse this week’s Homeschool Classroom for some great ways to teach the health benefits of sleep to your kids, encourage healthy sleep habits, and assess and plan for your family’s sleep needs.
There is no debate about the harmful effects of sleep deprivation. This infographic lists the many ways sleep deprivation is damaging to your cognitive function, the regions of the brain affected by sleep deprivation, the risks associated with sleep deprivation, and the myriad other dangers of sleep deprivation.
Healthy Sleep Tips
The Sleep for Kids website has materials that teach students the importance of giving their bodies rest through sleep. The information included is broken down into these subsections to help teach healthy sleep habits: Why We Sleep, How Sleep Works, Sleep and You, Can’t Sleep?, Dreams, Bring Out the Stars, as well as Games and Puzzles.
Kathi Lipp–a favorite speaker at the annual HEAV Convention!–shares her thoughts on “mind clutter” and the detrimental effect overworked, stressed brains have on our sleep.
Despite the mass of research touting the benefits of device-free sleep, about 72% of children ages 6 to 17 sleep with an electronic device in their room. This article from The Atlantic provides some excellent reasons for removing the electronic devices from bedrooms–yours and your kids’.
As our social, school, and work lives have become increasingly digital this year, it becomes even more important to limit our exposure to electronic devices and set healthy sleep boundaries. Try these tips for device-free sleep from The Sleep Foundation.
Some of the most difficult hands to wrangle cell phones out of may be your teen’s! Try designating a space in a common area of your home as a cell phone/device charging station and implement a rule that requires all devices be put up for the night. Set a “bedtime” for your family’s electronic devices and spend the last hour or two of the evening device free.
This article from Sonlight highlights the unique opportunity homeschoolers have to meet their children’s need for adequate and restorative sleep.
You’ve probably heard that it is impossible to recover hours of lost sleep. While you can’t power through 20 hours of sleep to make up for a week of 4-hour nights, there are ways you can help balance your sleep debt. Check out these articles from Harvard Health Publishing and Scientific American for tips on repaying your sleep debt and catching up on lost sleep. Maybe that extra hour can be put to good use this weekend!
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