Kids Who Sleep a Bit Longer Behave Better in School, Study Finds
Just a little more sleep each night can improve school behavior and alertness levels in children, a new study suggests. The study, published online in Pediatrics, indicated even a half-hour of extra sleep can have a significant impact.
Dr. Dean Beebe, director of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s, says the findings are no surprise. Dr. Beebe has studied inadequate sleep and its effects on teen behavior. He cautioned parents, however, that the extra sleep can’t be just for one night but should be a long-term change if their children are not sleeping enough.
“It’s a lifestyle thing, not a quick one-night change,” he said.