Disruption of Sleep in Children Can Hamper Memory

Waldorf Principle Explored: 3-Day-Rhythm

The concept of the 3-day-rhythm in Waldorf education (explained HERE) states that it is important for a child to be able to “sleep on” new ideas and concepts so they can retain what they have learned. This is one reason that lessons are given over a three day period, rather than just one session. The article below illustrates one reason why this method is so effective and important…

European Sleep Foundation

Sleep disordered breathing can hamper memory processes in children, according to a new study. The research, which will be presented at the Sleep and Breathing Conference (16 April 2015), found that disrupted sleep had an impact on different memory processes and how children learn.

Eszter Csabi led a team of researchers from the University of Szeged and Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary. They analysed 17 children with sleep disordered breathing aged between 6 and 12 years. They looked at different memory processes compared to a control group of 17 children of similar age without any sleep disorders.

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To see the scientific study click HERE.

To find out more about rhythm in Waldorf education link HERE.

This article is part of our “Waldorf Education in the News” series. We use this series of posts to direct you to news relating to Waldorf educational principles highlighted in the news or supported by scientific studies. To see more articles like this click the “Waldorf in the News” link to the right. You can use this series to gain more insight yourself or help others understand why you choose Waldorf education for your child.

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