Sleep and Grades

Recently released research from the CDC offers more evidence that getting enough sleep not only leads to better mental and physical health, but to better educational outcomes for our children and teens. It seems that high school students who had the least amount of sleep were also reported to have the lowest grades. Those high school students who averaged eight point one hours of sleep a night scored mostly A’s, while those teens who averaged seven point three hours of sleep a night scored mostly C’s. Here at CPYU, we consistently remind parents that the motivation for better school performance should not be rooted in parental pride, living vicariously through our kids, or to see one’s self as better than one’s peers. Instead, our motivation to do our best should be rooted in seeing educational pursuits as an act of worship that will glorify God. Getting the right amount of sleep will not only facilitate our best, but it also serves as a way to steward the good gift of our bodies.