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Benefits of Sleep

Research on the Benefits of Sleep for All Ages

Research has revealed significant benefits of good sleep habits and significant negative consequences of inadequate sleep in children from infancy to young adulthood.  The recommended sleep for an adult is 7 or more hours per night.  Extensive research demonstrates the many benefits of healthy sleep habits in adults.  Teaching your child to sleep well is a first step toward life-long good health.

When children sleep the proper number of hours on a regular basis, they experience many health benefits:

  • Improved attention
  • Improved behavior
  • Improved learning
  • Improved emotional regulation
  • Improved mental and physical health

Infancy & Toddlerhood

School Age

Teenage

  • Researchers found that of 4,100 teenagers they studied, the one-third with the poorest sleep quality were more likely to be overweight or have unhealthy blood pressure or cholesterol levels.
  • Sleep Schedules and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents. High schools students with earlier bedtimes and longer, more regular sleep had higher grades (A’s and B’s) compared with students with later bedtimes and shorter or more irregular sleep (C’s, D’s, F’s).  Also found more depressed mood in adolescents who slept fewer than 6 hours, 45 minutes, on school nights compared with those who slept 8 hours, 15 minutes, or more in school nights.
  • The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Decision-Making: A Review. Sleep deprivation adversely affects decision-making skills, executive functioning, and behavioral inhibition.
  • Inadequate Sleep is Linked to Obesity.  Sleeping poorly can increase a person’s risk of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.