The “O” Levels Loom: Is He Getting Enough Sleep?



“Sleep plays a fundamental role in the way we learn. Emerging evidence makes a compelling case for the importance of sleep for language learning, memory, problem solving and behaviour during childhood. A new study that my colleagues and I have worked on illustrates how an optimal quantity of sleep leads to more effective learning in terms of knowledge acquisition and memory consolidation” – The Straits Times

Enough sleep is crucial for students near the “O” level examinations. Parents also play an important role in ensuring their child gets the right amount of sleep before an exam. This article aims to highlight having enough sleep and shares some tips on achieving it.


Sleep affects grades

Lack of sleep can affect the child’s studies and ultimately, his grades. He may doze off in class. Lack of sleep is especially prevalent near the “O” level examinations, especially with last-minute revisions. Having lack of sleep can not only make your child more tired but also affects the ability of the brain to process and absorb information.


Burning out

Too much studying continuously with little breaks or lack of sleep can burn the child out. This is a stage where the child is just too tired of doing anything and they will knock out and fall asleep.


Sleeping more vs sleeping well

A study from the Lifespan Learning and Sleep Laboratory at UCL Institute of Education examined 48 students between the ages of 16 and 19. Results showed that they usually slept around 11.30 pm at night. The study also showed that longer hours of sleep and earlier bedtimes are linked to better grades in school.

It also showed that the quality of sleep affected their performance on verbal reasoning tests. It is crucial that a student gets not only the right amount of sleep but also good quality sleep.