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Children and Sleep

Children and Sleep

Dear Parents,

 

As we settle into the school year, I wanted to take an opportunity to share some information about children and sleep. Over the past eight years since I have worked at Crestview, I have seen an alarming trend among students: as devices like IPADs, cell phones, video game consoles and tablets have become more affordable and accessible, the amount of good quality sleep among our student population has decreased. Over the past 4 years, I’ve actually surveyed fifth grade classes and results are clear: more than 90% of students have a device in their room (including TV’s, tablets and etc) at night AND more than half of them wake up to look at their device or answer a text.

Disrupted sleep has a huge impact on children’s mental health and well-being.

As parents, there are very few things we can do to control the outcome of our children’s day but this is one area you can have a lot influence. Please encourage students to keep devices out of their bedrooms when they are sleeping and try to help them get as much sleep as they can. If they use their phone for an alarm clock, consider getting just an alarm clock.

For reference, the recommended guidelines for sleep by age are in the graphic.

Thank you for your help. Good sleep not only helps children learn more and better, it helps our school community at large.

Dawn Blankenship, MSW, LICSW

School Social Worker

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