New research from Pennsylvania State University shows that one important way to prepare to primary schooling is to develop sleep patterns.
The researchers used the motion-tracking watch to record 220 children in four weekly periods before the start of the school year. Then they measured everything again in September, November and April. Along with these tracking periods, teachers and staff assessed student adjustment.
If 5–6 year olds consistently get 10+ hours of sleep a night, this will help them adapt to learning, scientists say. Due to easier adaptation to school, children who slept from 10 hours a night showed higher success in emotional development, involvement in learning and performance during the year in kindergarten. This was found after statistical control of the ratio of income and needs of families, the health status of children and the number of missed days at school.
With this data, the researchers also looked at the regularity of the combination of nighttime sleep and nap time. As it turned out, “compensation” for a night’s lack of sleep with daytime sleep does not matter much when adapting to school.
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