The child went to the first grade, which means that his daily routine is not at all the same as in kindergarten. And certainly different from the relaxed days of summer holidays. We tell you how much time you need to devote to sleep now, how parents can organize a good rest and help a new student cope with academic workloads.
Sleep in the first class: when and how much?
If you do not follow the age recommendations for rest for children, then sleep can literally come in the first grade, right during the lessons at the desk. A child who, back in August, seemed to be able to stay awake indefinitely, begins to fall asleep right on the go or gets overexcited and capricious, as in early childhood. All this is due to a sharply increased load on the body as a whole, and on the nervous system in particular. So how much sleep do children need at 6–8 years old?
Sleep at this age should last at least 10 hours a day, and preferably 11. Some children will need 12. And this is not just rest for the body: according to research, a child who sleeps 11 hours a day, that is, receives the entire age the norm of rest, studies better, shows more achievements in the lessons, and even the level of the IQ is higher.
The absolute number of first-graders already refuse daytime sleep by the beginning of school. But if your child still wants to lie down and sleep after school, you should not refuse him daytime sleep. But it is necessary to limit the time, if you sleep longer than 1–1.5 hours during the day, then in the evening it will be difficult to fall asleep, and in the morning the student will not get enough sleep.
Less work outside of school — better result
The child went to school, which means that he now needs to study, study and study? Many parents immediately begin to accustom first-graders to the regime of additional extracurricular activities, believing that this is the only way children will be motivated to gain knowledge, and simply will not “loaf around”.
However, if the schedule of lessons, especially in the first quarter, seems completely uncomplicated to parents, then for first-graders, even 2–3 hours that must be endured without moving at the desk, with constant attention to what is happening in the class, become a huge burden. It is no coincidence that most children begin to run uncontrollably along the corridor during recess: the tension needs to be released.
Such pressure on first-graders requires a sparing regimen at home. And in no case should you load circles and extracurricular activities related to additional study. When overworked, the child will sleep worse, stop learning new knowledge, and even begin to get sick more often with all kinds of acute respiratory infections and acute respiratory viral infections. Therefore, all promising circles should be postponed to the second grade, leaving what the child loves and what does not require mental stress. Free dancing, visiting the pool without standards, drawing without rules, but it’s better to leave 2 hours of free time for “doing nothing” and take more walks after school.
One mode for the whole week
School education is built on discipline and schedule. And the same rules should be followed in the mode of sleep and rest. In most cases, students have to get up early, around 7 am. So, you need to start sleeping at 9 pm, and not just go to bed at this time and continue to stay awake there, but really sleep.
It is important to follow the same routine throughout the week. If before Saturday the younger student does not sleep longer than expected, since “there is no school tomorrow”, and then he gets rest hours in the morning for two days, then Monday morning will be filled with sleepy whims, and it will become difficult to return to the rest schedule. For adults, the observance of this rule in their regimen will also facilitate morning rises to work after the end of the weekend.
An evening without devices is the key to the health of children (and parents)
Evening time is a period of increased activity of children. The inability to cope with accumulated fatigue causes excitement, and the desire to have time to play and see everything that was planned for the day prevails over drowsiness.
In order not to aggravate the situation, the hour before bedtime should be declared the time “free from gadgets and devices.” No tablets, smartphones or TV. Videos, games, cartoons, especially in unlimited or excessive amounts, increase nervous excitement, and monitors lit in a dark room reduce the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Parents, by the way, can also experience the difference in falling asleep with and without a smartphone, the human body both in adults and in childhood reacts to devices before going to bed in the same way.
How to help a child fall asleep
The mode of the younger student is the area of responsibility of the parents. A child at this age is not yet capable of full-fledged self-discipline, and if he is not helped to keep the schedule, then at school he will begin to be distracted, tired and even fall asleep in class. This will affect the quality of education very quickly. How to help sleep?
Restore the rituals to which the child was taught in childhood. Before going to bed — a warm bath, dim lights and reading and talking with parents. It is also worth helping to pack textbooks into a backpack, remember the schedule, check the form, chat about plans, favorite lessons and interesting moments of study. And so every evening: the predictability of rituals and actions is important for children, it helps to calm down, relax, helps to tune in to sleep and fall asleep faster and stronger.
Persuade with information and own example
A child who goes to school perceives himself as an adult. He is no longer a “kindergartener”, not a kid, he is a first grade student! And in the pursuit of adult paraphernalia, children may try to go to bed later to reinforce their “adult status”, to be like parents. Therefore, it is imperative to explain to first graders the importance of sleep.