More sleep means increased ability to focus, better behavior, emotional stability and less irritability for kids who also would be able to cope better during stressful times. A study was conducted by Dr Reut Gruber, Psychologist at McGill University, on healthy kids aged between 7 and 11 years old. The kids were either allocated one more hour of sleep or deprived of one hour from their snooze time. Teachers were asked to report on 10 item questionnaire assessing the children’s attention, impulsivity, irritability and emotional reactivity at the end of the study period.
More sleep gives children better handle on coping with stressful situations and better concentration skills. “We know that sleep deprivation can affect memory, creativity, verbal creativity and even things like judgment and motivation and being (engaged) in the classroom,” explains Dr. Judith Owens, director of sleep medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. “When you’re sleepy, (being engaged) isn’t going to happen.”
Read more at CNN Health http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/15/health/kids-sleep/index.html