Good sleep routine ensures children's body clocks are set

Mr Seah Yam Meng's claim that requiring children to wake up before sunrise disrupts their body clock is unfounded (Push back start time of schools for health's sake; ST Online, Feb 24).

What children need is enough hours of good sleep each night.

According to many sleep experts, establishing a proper sleep routine helps to set your body's "internal clock", making it easier for you to sleep and wake naturally.

Parents should encourage their children to go to bed no later than 9pm. Waking up early means children have more time in the morning to clear their minds and eat a good breakfast. With schools operating a single session, they have the afternoon to dedicate to their homework.

It would be problematic to start school later.

School buses and parents ferrying their children to school in cars would be rushing together with workers on their way to work. This would result in traffic congestion.

Parents should encourage their children to go to bed no later than 9pm. Waking up early means children have more time in the morning to clear their minds and eat a good breakfast.

The current school hours that begin at 7.30am help to avert this, and allow working parents to take their children to school before heading to their workplaces.

Priscilla Poh Beng Hoon (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2017, with the headline 'Good sleep routine ensures children's body clocks are set'. Print Edition | Subscribe