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Why Children's Poor Sleep Habits Are Impacting Teachers

Updated: Mar 7, 2022

As both a parent and the director of an early childhood program, I've seen firsthand how critical sleep is for children's success in school. So I'm here to give you the scoop on why it's so crucial that you set good sleep routines for your child.

Sleep deprivation is a state caused by inadequate quantity or quality of sleep. It can cause fatigue, cognitive impairment, and incoordination. Sleep deprivation in the learning environment leads to irritable students who often can't focus, sometimes disrupting classroom learning and leading to teacher exhaustion.

Parents, keep your sleep routine! Even on the weekends. I know it can be hard...but do it anyway!
Sleep is essential to your child's development, and not just because they need it in order to wake up every day and go to school. Sleep is important for their general health, as well as brain development. Because so many of today's students aren't getting the sleep they need, many teachers are struggling with more and more students who are moody and distracted. One of the best ways you can help your child is to encourage good sleep habits—getting plenty of sleep at night, avoiding long daytime naps, and avoiding nighttime screen time that prevents your child from falling asleep at night.

I know that creating a good routine can be difficult sometimes (I'm a parent too!), but try not to stray from it too much. If you're feeling especially tired when it comes time for bed, take a quick nap first so that your child sees that sleep is always important. And remember: if you want good sleep practices in your family from the get-go, then start with a routine!

Here's a campaign that provides teachers and parents with resources to ensure optimum performance in class and better sleep for kids. Teachers be sure to check out the lesson plans and resources to share with your parents and parents check out the sleep routine checklist and tips for better sleep!

Click the link below, to learn more about "What Did We Miss," a children's book written to highlight humorous gentle parenting approaches for parents with kids who are restless and curious at bedtime. The book will be available for pre-order on March 1. 2022 at 8:00 am at Be sure to create an account on Kickstarter before the launch date to receive special rewards that will only be available on the first day of the campaign. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform, so be sure to back this campaign on the first day it launches!

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