AASM makes push for student sleep health

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

DARIEN, Ill. – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine will hold its first ever Student Sleep Health Week, Sept. 14-20 to encourage students to get the sleep they need to excel at school this year.

In a recent survey by the AASM, 57% of parents with school-age children say they have a child or teen who does not get enough sleep on school nights. Nine out of 10 (94%) say lack of sleep affects their child’s mood, performance in school (93%), physical health (92%), mental health (90%) and performance in activities (90%).

Although the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shift to remote learning allowed children to get more sleep than normal, it also disrupted schedules. Four out of 10 parents said remote learning affected bed time and wake time consistency.

“No matter where classes are held this school year — whether in-person, online or in a hybrid format — it’s important that students maintain a consistent sleep schedule to excel in both their studies and extra-curricular activities,” said AASM President Dr. Kannan Ramar. “As many parents and caregivers try to create a routine for their kids, incorporating the right amount of healthy sleep is an important component. The back-to-school transition is an ideal time for families to get back on track.”