New research has found that boosting grades by improving sleep habits in young children has led to improved report cards and significant improvement in math and English. children in Montreal between the ages of 7 and 11 were enrolled in a six week school based program to improve their sleep habits.  The study, published in the journal Sleep Medicine, found that when the children increased their sleep by 18 minutes of sleep each night, there were significant improvements in grades.

Lead researcher Reut Gruber, of McGill University in Montreal, said that small increases in children’s sleep that are cumulative may lead to better overall school grades. Recommendations included having parents ensure that children get sufficient sleep each night and schools include sleep education in their curriculum.

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