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Better Sleep: The Key to Back to School Success

With summer winding down, it’s time to shop for back to school supplies. Considering the sizeable investment (especially if you have multiple children), it makes sense to spend your money wisely. In other words, you want to buy back to school stuff that helps ensure scholastic success.

So, when shopping for the right clothes, electronics, pens, backpacks, and more, don’t forget one of best ways to give your kids an edge in class: better sleep.

According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, “Inadequate sleep appears to affect the brain's ability to consolidate both factual information and procedural memories about how to do various physical tasks.”

The reason is that “During sleep, your brain is taking your memories, reactivating and looking at them again, and storing them in a more efficient and effective form.”

Despite the direct correlation between sleep and scholastic success, Harvard’s studies suggest that only 11 percent of American college students get adequate rest. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, only 27% of high school students get the right amount of sleep.

So how can you help ensure your children get the quality rest they need? Whether you have a child going off to college, or want your elementary, middle, or high school student to sleep better at home, here are some things you can do:

Mitigate Allergens: Few things interrupt sleep like allergies. Unfortunately, a typical mattress and pillow act like a veritable magnet for dust mites, pollen, mold spores, and pet dander. And that’s not even considering what may lurk in college dorm room mattresses. Fortunately, the problem is easily solved with the installation of a mattress protector and pillow protector. Placed directly over the mattress and pillow (underneath the sheets and pillowcase) they seal in allergy inducers that would otherwise be sitting inches away from your child’s nose and mouth. In addition to that, many high-quality mattress and pillow protectors guard against spills which can seep into mattress and pillow fibers to cause mold.

Prevent Bed Bugs: Let’s talk about that college dorm room mattress again. With all the people moving in this fall, it’s virtually impossible for a bed bug or two to not hitch a ride. Thankfully, high-quality mattress encasements and pillow encasements also seal out bed bugs (as well as seal in bed bugs which may already be hiding in the mattress).

Provide More Comfortable Bedding: Especially in environments without adequate indoor climate control, as a student can get poor sleep because he or she is hot and/or sweaty at night. A way to help combat this is with sheets that can help manage temperature as well as wick away moisture.

Reduce Distracting Noise: Particularly in a college dorm environment (or at home with rambunctious siblings), extraneous noise can make it hard to sleep. One solution is playing music, audio books, or soothing sleep sounds in the bedroom.

Healthy Sleep Products - Part of Your Back to School Shopping List: We recommend the following Protect-A-Bed offerings to help your children get better sleep during the school year:

We hope you found these back to school ideas helpful!


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