Math 7-9

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Sleep is the suspension of consciousness when the body and brain rest. When we do not get enough Sleep, our cognitive skills are weakened and we can more easily lose focus. Offering extra cognitive supports can help students focus.

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Sleep deficit is associated with cognitive impairments that become increasingly more evident with more demanding cognitive tasks. Unfortunately, it is becoming progressively more common for students to receive less Sleep than they need. In particular, increased exposure to screens, especially before bedtime, is linked to later bedtimes and less Sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following amounts of sleep:

  • School-aged children between 9-11 hours; and
  • Teenagers between 8-10 hours.

Adolescents produce the Sleep hormone of melatonin later in the evening than children or adults making it more difficult for them to fall asleep at earlier hours and to get the recommended amount of Sleep.

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