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Primary school learners require nine hours of sleep, study shows

Jonathan Warren

19.09.2011

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Jonathan Warren
dv1940062Psychologists are urging parents of primary school pupils to ensure that their kids are getting at least nine hours of sleep each night, to aid their “memory, learning and motivation” in school. In a study of 142 six to seven year olds, the Autonomous University of Barcelona found that parents’ failure to get their children to sleep for a solid nine hours each night could severely impact their intellectual development and learning ability. The experts also emphasised the importance of a stable and regular sleeping pattern. Ramon Cladellas, a researcher from the university, said: “The lacking hours of sleep distorts children’s performance in linguistic knowledge, grammar and spelling rules, and key aspects in the organisation and comprehension of texts, to name a few examples. “They are basic skills meaning that if the pupil, due to lack of sleep, develops problems in this area, it could have a repercussion on all subjects.”

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