Best Rx: FusionSleep-Quality Sleep Improves Academic Performance

heidi rineyAtlanta’s local doctors provide answers to all your medical questions. One Best Self reader asked: Can my child’s sleep affect his/her ability to do well in school?

Heidi Riney, MD from FusionSleep: It is not surprising that quality sleep improves academic performance. It may, however, surprise you to know how common and disruptive sleep deprivation is in childhood and adolescence. Sleep is crucial for learning and memory. Many human and animal studies demonstrate the essential requirement of sleep in memory processing, including the encoding, consolidation and retrieval of new information. Evidence indicates that abstract and complex tasks involving higher brain functions are profoundly impaired after sleep deprivation compared with more simple memory tasks.

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