Sleep and Student Performance at SchoolDid you know that sleep affects your performance? In adults, being drunk has been proven to have similar cognitive impact as lack of sleep, on the brain.

When we don’t sleep as well, our performance is significantly reduced.

This matters not just for adults, but also for students. Student academic performance can be significantly improved by fixing unhealthy sleeping behaviours. This relationship between the sleep and the academic success have been studied in for students in younger classes, as well as higher education in fields as varied as medicine, human science, education, psychology, and business.

With 6 hours of sleep or less, kids wake up tired and feel tired during day while studying in the class.

A tired student will struggle with focus, and, due to reduced cognitive functioning, understanding and synthesising new concepts. The pre-frontal cortex, the part of the brain that controls working memory, or the ability for students to hold concepts in their head, and scheduling, the ability to focus and not be distracted, is very sensitive and suffers from reduced function when poor or insufficient sleep.

Overtime, the impact of sleep deprivation impacts the learning ability of the students, and leads to students who do not believe they can do well in school.


Similar Effects of Unhealthy Sleep Habits:

• Feelings of exhaustion
• Loss of Energy
• A feeling of “thinking slowly” or “being muddled”
• An inability to multitask and losing track of tasks
• Increase in severity of symptoms of anxiety and depression

Maintaining sleep efficiency, which can be calculated by analysing how well you sleep at the night, is important to determine the impact sleep is having upon a student. For determining the sleep quality and habits, the most popular Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index can be used. While designed for adults, it’s is an effective instrument that can help to measure the quality and patterns of sleep.

Frequent short or poor sleep is the most important indicator a child will attaining poor results in the academics.


To determine if the student in your life is suffering from poor sleep, look for these three signs:

1. Sleeping during day time
2. Complaining of finding difficult to sleep at night
3. Regularly Oversleeping

As you start working on sleep with your student, ask your student to rate their sleep satisfaction with the first 30minutes of waking up in the morning, to see what is having an impact.

While no one likes to have a bedtime battle, a good night’s sleep will lead to improved academic performance. Healthy sleep habits can make a huge difference in your day to day life.

Here are some tips that you can use:

• Establish a consistent routine for bed time
• Emphasize to your children the need of regular sleep schedule
• Keep Television and Computers of Bedrooms
• Teach your child techniques for healthy sleep

Sleep More for Better Academic Results.

Do you or your child struggle with healthy sleep behaviors? Let us know in the comments!

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Aradhana Mathur
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