Students shouldn’t underestimate the importance of regularly getting a good night’s sleep. Decades’ worth of research has associated sleep with better grades, attention, memory, mood, health and well-being. Yet despite this, many students aren’t getting enough sleep and nowhere near the recommended amount of 8 to 10 hours each night. This is a common challenge for educators who see their students’ daily life and achievements impacted, but who have little control over this.
We know that students often believe certain myths about sleep and have a hard time regulating themselves. Therefore, the people who are most likely to have an impact on students’ sleeping habits are their parents. But do parents have an accurate estimation of how much sleep their child is actually getting? And, most importantly, do they know what they can do to help? We have read the research and decided on the most important information we think you need to know.