Adjusting the “biological clock” for students is the most important challenge for the beginning of the new year

The school year is ending, and the lives of many students are being improved, staying up late and sleeping during the day, and most of them are involved in the practice of their various hobbies, while making the gradual and healthy preparation for the start of the new school year. ignore, resulting in wasting their energy, scattering their focus and losing their ability to understand and absorb lessons.

Health education specialist dr. Osama Kamel Al-Lala said that research studies indicate that a large percentage of students weaken their concentration and understanding during at least two weeks since the beginning of the school year, due to the disruption of sleep and wake times. , during the summer vacation, which lasts about two months.

Al-Lala said that there are wrong behaviors that most students and teachers follow during the summer vacation, including staying up late and irregular sleeping hours, which negatively affect their mental abilities and mental health, as well as poor immunity against diseases.

He appealed to the students’ parents to set the biological clock for their children long before the start of the school year, as this process requires at least three to four weeks to adjust it.

He explained that at the beginning of the school year, it is difficult for students to reset the “biological clock” of sleep and wakefulness, as this process requires sufficient time of up to four weeks as a maximum, which is reflected on their performance. in the classroom and their recording of the lessons.

The health educator identified several steps to reset the biological clock for their children, including scheduling their children’s use of electronic devices in preparation for their withdrawal at the beginning of the school year, gradually reducing nighttime hours, waking them up early , reduce sitting. hours in front of the TV, and the need to organize meal times, especially breakfast, and gradual regulation of the daily rising time.

He said that studies done on students have shown that those who sleep between 8 and 10 hours a day have a much better focus and academic performance than those who sleep less, noting that nighttime sleep is more beneficial for mental and physical health as daytime sleep.

In turn, specialist in family medicine, dr. Adel Saeed Sajwani, emphasizes that students should generally get used to a good sleep regime, as the body secretes growth hormone in young people during the period of sleep at night, and staying up late leads to the emergence of psychological diseases in the young age group , so It is advised to adjust the biological clock for children to gradually start sleeping early, to be eager before the start of the school year to get up early, participate in sports activities that reduce their energy, electronic games and reduce the use of tablets at least four days before the start of the school year, as it leads to sleep and sleep.

He also advised to reduce sleep during the day, days before the start of the school year, so that they can sleep easily at night and wake up early, as well as to reduce drinks containing stimulants such as tea and coffee and to stay away from the Turn on TV in the bedrooms.

In turn, the community medicine specialist, the official spokesperson of the Emirates Public Health Association, Dr. Saif Darwish, emphasizes the need to gradually adjust and adjust the sleeping hours of students and young children, whether during the school year or holidays, and that during sleep, brain and memory cells are renewed, so Every child must get enough sleep, especially during the night All families with young students must work to maintain normal sleeping hours and times.

He emphasized that the problem of staying up late for children is not recommended at all, even during the holidays, as his body needs to get enough rest all the time.

He emphasized the importance of maintaining a healthy diet rich in vegetables and nutrients necessary for the body, and paying attention to breakfast to enable the child to increase its absorption rate.

He advised the child to stay away from naps, so that he can sleep at the right time, to adjust the body’s biological clock, and it is also advised to stay away from eating immediately before bedtime, to avoid cause weight gain.

Negative effects on health

The Health Awareness Specialist at the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Dr. Osama Kamel Al Lala, said that stay up late

Lack of sleep has negative health consequences, including:

■ Decreased number of deadly immune cells due to exposure to light and radiation.

■ Reduction of the secretion of the hormone melatonin, which is the most powerful antioxidant.

■ Reduction of the effectiveness of the growth hormone, which works at night.

■ secretion of the hormone aldosterone decreases, which is important to get rid of excess salts and regulate blood pressure.

■ The level of “cortisol” in the blood increases.

■ Slow secretion of the male hormone “testosterone” at night.

■ Increases the level of the hormone “kotcalmin”, which causes cardiovascular diseases.

■ high blood pressure and heart rate.

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