Is Homework Keeping Your Child From Sleeping
Quality sleep and homework may sound like an unusual combination, but the two
actually have a distinct connection. These days, as more and more teachers give
lengthy homework assignments, the need to carve out time to complete them can
take away from time needed for sleeping. And that is a more serious issue than
you might think, as kids need more sleep to function properly than adults do.
Sleep is an important part of everyone’s life cycle. The body needs at least 8
hours to recharge its batteries. Without that down time, stress can take a real
toll on your health, leaving you lacking in energy and unable to get through
your day. Lack of sleep can also lead to poor eating habits and other health
Younger children have an easier time falling asleep, so even with increased
amounts of homework to deal with sleep isn’t usually a problem for them. It
becomes an issue when puberty hits and begins interfering with the body’s
natural rhythms. This is when quality sleep and homework can come to a
crossroads and create a real dilemma.
Because kids’ schedules tend to become more hectic as they get older, with
sports and other extracurricular activities and sometimes even a part-time job
all eating up precious blocks of time, getting the right amount of sleep can
become a real challenge. When you go from school to an after school activity and
then have to come home and spend half the night doing homework it can be hard to
get enough sleep.
In order to ease the connection between quality sleep and homework, there are
many steps you and your child can take. While you can’t control the amount of
homework teachers assign, you can urge your child to get it done as quickly as
possible rather than putting it off to the last minute, when it may become
necessary to pull an “all-nighter” to complete it.
You can also try your best to make sure that every member of your household gets
to bed at a reasonable hour and eases into sleep the right way. This means
unplugging from those electronic devices, making their room dark and quiet and
making sure the lights are out at a specified time every night. You can even
encourage them to try relaxation techniques like yoga and stretching or have
them take certain herbal supplements to encourage proper sleep habits.
Being aware of the connection between quality sleep and homework is the first
step. Aside from taking the proper approach to getting a good night’s sleep, you
can also help by ensuring that your child is getting a balanced diet. The better
their nutrition, the more capable they’ll be of handling everything they have to
do in a day.
Childhood, and particularly adolescence, can be a very stressful time of life
and one of the best ways to beat that stress is by getting enough sleep. Don’t
let your child become so bogged down by homework and other responsibilities that
she loses precious hours of sleep. Those hours can make a big difference to her
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store