Posts Tagged Sleep

How to Make Bed Time Easier for Children and Parents

Many parents struggle with getting younger children to sleep. Usually, children want to stay up as late as the adults, even though their tired bodies are yearning for sleep. This typically occurs because the youngster is curious about life and doesn’t want to miss out on anything.

If your child is resisting bed time, try this approach. Have the youngster talk about what was enjoyed during the day. By reflecting on something good, the child will go to sleep in a pleasant mood. In addition, have the youngster talk while lying down because more effort will be exerted than if the youngster were sitting or standing up. After the child finishes, speak or read in a soft volume. Exerting effort … >>>


The Brain, Sleep, and Learning

The brain evolved to use light and darkness wisely. Acquire information by day; process it at night.

The effects of sleep on learning and memory are impressive.

Recent discoveries show that sleep facilitates the active analysis of new memories, allows the brain to solve problems, and infer new information. The “sleeping brain” may also be selectively reinforcing the more difficult aspects of a newly learned task.

We may be able to get by on six hours sleep, but if we want to optimize learning and memory, then closer to eight hours is better. Only with more than six hours of sleep does performance improve over the 24 hours following the learning session, according to researchers Robert Stickgold of Harvard University … >>>