Most students are not getting enough sleep. Often times, lack of focus is direct consequence of lack of sleep. Human brain functions best when it is well rested. Most students try to stay awake by drinking coffee or energy drinks that have a ton of sugar and caffein. This may keep them ‘awake’, but it does not help in allowing them to focus. So how much sleep do children need?
Newborns (0 to 2 months): 12-18 hours/night
Infants (3 to 11 months): 14-15 hours/night
Toddlers (1 to 3 years): 12-14 hours/night
Preschoolers (3 to 5 years): 11-13 hours/night
School age (5 to 10 years): 10-11 hours/night
Teens (10 to 17 years): 8.5-9.5 hours/night
Adults: 7-9 hours/night
Too much sugar does not only cause kids to become over-excited and over-active, it also causes concentration, motivation, and memory problems. Most candies, chocolates, pops, and other snacks are packed with sugar. The best way to reduce sugar intake is to not store sugary food items in your house so that kids won’t even have a chance to get tempted. You may get them a treat once or twice a week but ensure they are not putting in sugar in their body on a daily basis. You can replace sugary snacks with fruits such as blueberries and strawberries that are good for health and the brain.
Dailey exercise and physical activity is important for a healthy, successful student. Taking PE courses are a must in primary school, but once taking the course becomes an option in secondary school then it is important to ensure that kids are getting physical activity on a routine basis. One easy way is to go for 15-20 minute jogs together in the evenings. Exercise allows kids to let off steam in a healthy way and it also helps them with concentration and sleeping problems.
Extracurricular activities are important in a kids growing up to be well rounded, balanced adults. However, sometimes parents involve their children in so many out of school activities that the child has no time for studying outside of school. They have no time to relax after school, let alone attempt homework. Kids will not be able to think properly when they are so tired. Be mindful of how much extracurricular activities you sign them up for during the school year.
Relaxing through Video Games, Computer, TV
The best method is to eliminate them completely during the week and allow just a few hours of screen time on weekends, holidays, and long weekends. These devices kill motivation for starting homework or studying in the evenings. Kids will be far more interested in reaching new levels on their video games or chat online than doing their work. If it cannot be eliminated completely then allow 30 minutes of casual screen time a day – no more.
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