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The researchers studied 115 children from lower-income homes in areas of Northern California that had “historically high rates of violence and crime”—factors that often increase stress in kids.
The children were split into one group of 58, who continued their usual physical education class at school. Another group of 57 incorporated breathing techniques and yoga-inspired movements into their activities.
During this time, the kids wore a device that recorded their nightly body positions, eye movements, and breathing to assess their sleep quality. They also participated in surveys about their stress levels and social lives.
When looking at the study’s data, researchers found that the children who participated in mindfulness practices slept an average of 74 minutes longer. Of that sleep, 24 additional minutes were spent in the REM stage. This is particularly important as REM sleep is the stage tied to memory, learning, and mood stabilization.
Unfortunately, most public schools in the United States don’t offer mindfulness or yoga practices as part of the elementary school curriculum. However, with parental assistance, any child can learn these techniques. And best of all, they’re not cost-prohibitive—children from any socio-economic status can benefit.
Shea Simmons Shea Simmons is the Editor In Chief of LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles.
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