Sufficient Sleep Improves Behavior

The National Sleep Foundation recommends 10-11 hours of sleep for children 5-12.  Teenagers need between 9 and 10 hours, but often don’t get even 8 hours.   Using computers during the hour before lights out causes interference with the brain waves of restful sleep.  Sleeping in a room where electronic devices give off signals when calls, texts and e-mails come in further disrupt sleep.  Consider a family policy of turning electronic devices off an hour before bedtime.  Everyone, including parents will feel better, be healthier, and be in better moods if they get enough sleep.

Key Point:  Sufficient sleep is essential for good health and good behavior (for children and adults)


Melody Matthews Lowman, M.A. has a background in both psychology and education. Her biopsychosocial approach allows her to be a resource for behavioral and educational problem solving for children, teens and adults.
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