Can a lack of sleep affect my child's academic performance?

Sleep problems in very young children are associated with negative effects on cognitive, physical, behavioral and social development. Indeed, learning deficits associated with poor sleep in young children can last into adolescence. Middle-school children with low academic performance are more likely to have snored as children between the ages of 2 and 6 than their higher-performing peers. 

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Michele Borba
Lack of sleep can have a serious impact on children's abilities to learn and perform at school. In fact, in one study, Tel Aviv University researchers found that missing just one hour of sleep can be enough to reduce a child's cognitive abilities by almost two years the next day. For example, a sixth grader who loses precious zzz's the night before a big test could end up performing at a fourth grade level.

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