Did You Know #7

Did You Know #7

Sleep is vital in the language learning process?

Studies have proven the important part sleeping has in aiding memory and retaining new information like vocabulary.

Children with sleep disturbances have been noted to have more difficulties with developing speech, language and communication skills. Which is why it is crucial to encourage healthy sleeping habits and support your child as much as possible during that time.

The recommended daily sleeping time for toddlers is up to 14 hours, 9 to 12 hours for school aged children, and 8 to 10 hours for teenagers.

It might not always be easy to ensure that those times are met, there are some things you can do to support healthy sleeping:

Try and keep bedtimes and wake-up times as regular as possible, even on weekends. This will help your child’s body naturally relax and produce sleep hormones before bedtime. Use this handy sleep calculator to find out the best time to go to bed by age.

Limit screen use. The blue light from electronic devices affects the body’s natural sleep clock so it is suggested to stop using phones, tablets, computers and TVs an hour before bed. You could try having a family bedtime activity such as reading, playing board games or drawing to entertain your child instead.

Keep regular meal times and encourage healthy eating. A good diet is always important to support a developing child’s body and make sure they are not lacking in any vitamins but keeping the times of meals the same daily also helps by supporting the body's hormone cycles throughout the day. Having a routine helps children adapt and know what to expect next, helping manage emotions and reduce stress levels.

You can find some more tips on sleeping in this resource and some relaxation techniques before bed here.

 

 

Read more: 

https://www.banterspeech.com.au/there-is-a-time-for-many-words-and-there-is-also-a-time-for-sleep-why-enough-sleep-is-essential-for-speech-and-language-learning/ 

https://www.city.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2017/02/children-with-a-communication-disorder-have-poorer-sleep-says-study 

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/teens-and-sleep/screen-time-and-insomnia-for-teens 

Did You Know #7

Sleep is vital in the language learning process?

Studies have proven the important part sleeping has in aiding memory and retaining new information like vocabulary.

Children with sleep disturbances have been noted to have more difficulties with developing speech, language and communication skills. Which is why it is crucial to encourage healthy sleeping habits and support your child as much as possible during that time.

The recommended daily sleeping time for toddlers is up to 14 hours, 9 to 12 hours for school aged children, and 8 to 10 hours for teenagers.

It might not always be easy to ensure that those times are met, there are some things you can do to support healthy sleeping:

Try and keep bedtimes and wake-up times as regular as possible, even on weekends. This will help your child’s body naturally relax and produce sleep hormones before bedtime. Use this handy sleep calculator to find out the best time to go to bed by age.

Limit screen use. The blue light from electronic devices affects the body’s natural sleep clock so it is suggested to stop using phones, tablets, computers and TVs an hour before bed. You could try having a family bedtime activity such as reading, playing board games or drawing to entertain your child instead.

Keep regular meal times and encourage healthy eating. A good diet is always important to support a developing child’s body and make sure they are not lacking in any vitamins but keeping the times of meals the same daily also helps by supporting the body's hormone cycles throughout the day. Having a routine helps children adapt and know what to expect next, helping manage emotions and reduce stress levels.

You can find some more tips on sleeping and tracking resources below.

How to Sleep Well 

Adolescent Sleep

Relaxation techniques

Sleep behaviours questionnaire

My Sleep Routine School Days

My Sleep Routine Non School Days

 

 

Read more: 

https://www.banterspeech.com.au/there-is-a-time-for-many-words-and-there-is-also-a-time-for-sleep-why-enough-sleep-is-essential-for-speech-and-language-learning/ 

https://www.city.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2017/02/children-with-a-communication-disorder-have-poorer-sleep-says-study 

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/teens-and-sleep/screen-time-and-insomnia-for-teens 

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