The Upside of Downtime
Don't underestimate the importance of sleep: Research shows that children who don't log enough zzz's in a 24-hour period often struggle in these areas.
Learning. Sleep helps kids convert recent experiences into long-term memories. Tired kids may also have decreased verbal skills, attention troubles, and poor abstract reasoning.
Mood. You've probably seen the evidence for yourself: Poor sleep often leads to irritability, hyperactivity, aggressiveness, and impulsive behavior.
Health. Researchers suspect that inadequate sleep is linked to everything from decreased immunity to an increase in accidental injuries.