As we move into autumn and the kids head back to school, I'd like to once again hop on my bandwagon and remind you how important it is to get enough sleep. Sleep deprived children will be less capable of handling life's ups and downs and will be at a distinct disadvantaqe at school. Please consider this newsletter a gentle reminder to make sleep a priority in your own lives and in your children's lives.
Willy Monster is Coming Soon!
An exciting and humorous children's bedtime story about a good
monster named Willy. Willy Monster takes a little boy named Stephen to Boogey
Land, so that he can confront the monster that has been bothering him. As so
often happens when we face our fears, Stephen finds that the Boogey Monster isn't
as scary as he'd imagined....
(For ages five and up)
School Preparation Includes a Good Night's Sleep
It’s back to school time and as usual, parents will be helping their kids prepare by shopping for new clothes and school supplies. But there are other preparations that are much more important. By improving our children’s sleep hygiene and by teaching them to relax themselves to sleep, we increase their chances of being happy, healthy, and successful students.
Sleep affects our children’s mood, health, and ability to learn. When Tel Aviv University administered tests to fourth and sixth graders, they found that by adding just one hour of sleep, children’s attention span and memory improved dramatically, often by several grade levels. A good night’s sleep benefits logical reasoning skills and helps children to organize their brains, process information, and remain alert in class the next day. While a child sleeps, his or her brain is processing new information. When a child is taught something new, but then doesn’t sleep long enough or deeply enough for the information to move from temporary to long-term memory, it can be lost forever.