Research says well-rested children and youth do better in school. Healthy sleep improves memory and attention, so kids are better able to learn. Well-rested children also have improved executive functioning, so they are better able to plan and can perform difficult tasks with greater accuracy and speed. Well-rested children are also less irritable and impulsive, so they are better able to self-regulate and have improved mood. They are also more physically active, so they are in better overall health.
Yet sleep problems in kids are common, often minimized, ignored or (when acknowledged) inadequately addressed. We need to change that.
So what’s disturbing the sleep of so many Canadian kids?
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