First grader sleep: 6 rules important for every child

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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?

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

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.

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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.

    Tell why it is important to fall asleep on time and sleep as much as the body and brain need.
    To remind you how hard it was to wake up in the morning after a long evening without sleep.
    Explain how good proper sleep and study are connected. If you get enough sleep, then poems learn faster, and tasks are easier to solve.
    Set an example with your behavior: in a family where parents neglect the rules of healthy sleep, and children are less likely to follow the regime, no matter how actively they are forced to do so.

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