I received a letter from my daughter’s University — The Center for Student Wellness — with interesting information for parents of children of all ages.
They said in the letter that they’ve found on their campus five main issues that affect academics:
- Cold/flu/sore throat
The letter went on to explain that while sleep is fourth on the list, sleep affects everything else on the list. I’m not quite sure how they distinguish “stress” from “anxiety” because they seem to go hand in hand. However, they state that lack of sleep can be mistaken for stress–which in turn can lead to anxiety. That can make your student more susceptible to getting sick–which also will affect academics. They suggest seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Then your child will be in a better mood. Plus, they will score higher on tests and keep a higher GPA!
As the parent of swimmers, my kids were good sleepers. My daughter still swims and she has no problem falling asleep. Ever.
My tip for getting enough sleep is simple: Swim! It even works for me. I feel so much better after a good night’s sleep and I’m likely to get more work done and have a positive attitude.
Here are the tips from the University of Utah on getting a good night’s sleep:
- Go to bed around the same time every night, and wake up around the same time each morning.
- Have a quiet, dark space to sleep in that is not too hot or cold.
- Be sure to remove distractions like televisions, iPods, computers, and tablets from bedrooms. Beds shouldn’t be used for activities like reading, watching movies, or listening to music.
- Begin powering down lights and electronics about an hour before bed.
- Avoid large meals, nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol right before bed.
- Limit naps to 20-30 minutes a day.
- Engage in regular physical activity.
BINGO! There is it. Number seven. If you have a child in athletics — particularly swimming — your child will sleep. Maybe that’s why they say that swimmers have the highest GPAs of all sports? Even though they get up at the crack of dawn for practice–they’ve had a full night’s sleep.
How does sleep or lack of sleep affect your day?