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  • Writer's pictureFrank Doogan

How much sleep do students need?

Updated: Oct 24, 2023

We know already that if we feed the animal well it has a good chance of being healthy, and of course we are all animals😊 Healthy food is good for the brain; and processed foods, and foods high in sugar and fat are not. We used to think these foods are just less good, but now we know they damage your body and your brain. Scary!

What we sometimes need to ask is 'How much sleep do students need?' as without the right sleep schedule the brain has less capacity to learn and recover and grow.

We may at times think that children should stay up late to study or relax in front of a screen, but the right amount of sleep will mean kids will be happier, healthier, and learn more, and so will their parents.

Being healthy requires a good night's sleep
Getting a good night's sleep

You may want to look at this, below, and decide if your family is getting enough sleep.

Preschool 3–5 years

10–13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)

​School Age 6–12 years

9–12 hours per 24 hours

Teen 13–18 years

8–10 hours per 24 hours

Adult 18–60 years

7 or more hours per night

61–64 years

7–9 hours

65 years and older

7–8 hours

You may also want to be aware of how attention spans relate to learning, and how many breaks are necessary for a healthy learning mind. We may want to believe that people can concentrate for hours, but it is widely accepted now that taking breaks every 25 minutes or so will lead to better results, better health and a better frame of mind.

Concentration and learning improves with breaks
Good concentration requires breaks

Childhood development experts generally say that a reasonable attention span to expect of a child is two to three minutes per year of their age. That's the period of time for which a typical child can maintain focus on a given task.

Average attention spans work out like this:

· 2 years old: four to six minutes

· 4 years old: eight to 12 minutes

· 6 years old: 12 to 18 minutes

· 8 years old: 16 to 24 minutes

· 10 years old: 20 to 30 minutes

· ​12 years old: 24 to 36 minutes

· ​14 years old: 28 to 42 minutes

· ​16 years old: 32 to 48 minutes

So with our kids, and ourselves, we may want to take those breaks, enjoy them and find the good in a balanced life.

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