Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Parents, let your kids sleep some more

... The performance gap caused by an hour’s difference in sleep was bigger than the normal gap between a fourth-grader and a sixth-grader. Which is another way of saying that a slightly sleepy sixth-grader will perform in class like a mere fourth-grader. “A loss of one hour of sleep is equivalent to [the loss of] two years of cognitive maturation and development,” Sadeh explains.

Wow! Po Bronson has more on the relationship between your kids' sleep and their cognitive development. An accompanying story has some tips on how to get your kids to sleep more.

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This is the second article by Po Bronson that I'm linking to. The first one also had some very useful stuff for parents.

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You can get mo' Po on his website. His collection of articles on 'social studies' is here.

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Thanks to Chris Hayes for the pointer.