Mercy Sleep Center medical director Dr. Richard Stack told sixth-graders at Coyle Avenue Elementary School in Carmichael on Tuesday that a good night's sleep increases their chances of success in and out of school.
...> "Kids need sleep for memory, concentration and focus," said Dr. Richard Stack, medical director for the Mercy Sleep Center. He
visited two sixth-grade classes at Coyle Avenue Elementary School
in Carmichael on Tuesday and discussed the importance of sleep for effective learning.He
said a good night's sleep leads to better success at school and better self-esteem.
Stack helps treat about 1,500 patients with sleep disorders each year.The Mercy Sleep Center
is located on Mercy San Juan Medical Center's
campus, also in Carmichael. He
recommended that Anthony go to bed earlier and take the television out of his
room.The poll recommends school-aged children get 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night. Stack
said the best way to sleep is in a quiet, comfortable bedroom that's not too hot or too cold and has no TV, Internet or video games. He
said that instead of turning on the television, children should read an uninteresting book to help them fall asleep.
said parents with school-age children get less sleep than other adults, because they help students get ready for school and they are involved in their child's recreational activities.
"Everybody is sleep-deprived in this country because of daily obligations," Stack said.He
called that sleep deprivation "sleep debt," and most people pay it back by sleeping on weekends.
said when making sleep adjustments it's best to start small at first with about a half-hour more sleep.
To determine how much sleep each individual needs, Stack
challenged the students to go to bed at the same time on weekends as they do during the week and see what time they wake up.
...Jasmine Messinger joins in the discussion as Mercy Sleep Center medical director Dr. Richard Stack tells her Coyle Avenue Elementary School sixth-grade class why they should get a good night's sleep - and why so many young people aren't doing so.