Every parent knows the importance of their child’s morning eating habits for good school performance. However, do all parents know that even 25 to 30 minutes of lost sleep can mean the difference between an A and a C grade for some students? Or that 10-20% of children will not be able to fall asleep unless they first perform a bedtime ritual or take a familiar object?

As part of the Douglas’ mandate is to transfer knowledge from research to health professionals, patients and their families, decision-makers, and the general public, Reut Gruber, PhD, a Douglas researcher, and her lab have made information on sleep in children available to parents and teachers on the Douglas Institute website.

Gruber and her research team offer detailed information about the importance of sleep on academic importance, concentration, and behaviour, along with tips to how parents can make the household “sleep-friendly”, such as limiting the types of nighttime activities and establishing a sleep-time routine.

When the results of research are easily accessible to parents and teachers, the relevance of science on everyday life is highlighted. This information on sleep was made available on the Web thanks to a donation from Standard Life. Standard Life has supported research at the Douglas on sleep and circadian rhythms for five years. We are grateful for this important support for the work of Diane Boivin, MD, PhD, Nicolas Cermakian, PhD, Reut Gruber, PhD, and many students.

Relevant Links

Sleep and children: practical advice
Sleep and children: the science behind it
Sleep disorders in children
Sleep and children: the impact of lack of sleep on daily life