Sleep soundly to perform at your best

Often if I am grumpy and irrational it is because I have not rested well enough. Problems that are relatively minor seem huge hurdles when tired and for children this is especially true.

Getting a good night’s sleep is important because it rests bodies and minds to leave them feeling energetic and refreshed in the morning. It can be difficult to know how much sleep each person needs as that differs depending on age and character. Bedtime battles start with children over the time they have to go to sleep and for some children their body clock does not fit with school hours and left to their own routine they would stay up late and wake late. However, whatever their sleep pattern children aged four to six need 10.5-11.5 hours; six to twelve years olds need 10 hours; and teenagers need around eight to nine hours.

I read over the half term break that your bedroom has to have the correct atmosphere for sleep and an untidy space leads to a disturbed night. I am not sure I believe that as my untidy children have the capacity to sleep for hours and hours and seem to not notice the debris around them.

However, I do get the point that the bedroom should be a pleasant relaxing environment. Essentially the bedroom should be a tech free space and with a regular routine and a chance to wind down before going to sleep a good night’s rest should be the norm.

We know how important sleep is in regulating moods and emotions and therefore we have arranged for Evelyn Stewart, a sleep expert from Sleep Soundly to give a talk to our students and parents.  Evelyn has worked with families and will share the importance of sleep for the brain and strategies for improvement as she is fully aware of the impact that sleep disturbance has on a household and rarely is it ever just the child who is affected.

Jane Prescott, Headmistress, Portsmouth High School

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