The secret to a great night's sleep

4 stress busting tips for exam season

SATS can be a stressful time, often filled with sleepless nights and copious amounts of coffee, and that's just for the parents! 

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With primary school children set to take their KS2 exams this week, we've compiled our 4 top stress busting tips to help your child get through their exams with minimal stress. 

1. Power napping

If your child didn't manage to squeeze in an as many hours during the night as they're use to, then a short nap can often help regain focus after a long day of exams. The Sleep Foundation recommends a short nap between 20 and 30 minutes improves short-term alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep. 

2. Eat more chocolate 

We don't think you ever need an excuse to eat chocolate. Not only does it release endorphins which act as a natural stress fighter, but those which contain over 70% cocoa fight the stress hormone cortisol and have an overall relaxing effect on the body. Reward your kids with a small bar of their favourite chocolate during a revision session.

3. Plan a reward

Don't just focus on the short term, plan ahead and think of something you can do to reward your child at the end of all their hard work. It's important that they know they can only do their best and the exam is over now. Celebrate with a post exam meal or treat them to a new toy or game. 

4. A good night's sleep

Research has shown that how well you learn is hugely accredited to getting the right amount of sleep. So, it may seem like an obvious one, but getting your child to go to bed a little earlier than usual should prove beneficial. Help them wind down before hitting the pillow by switching off from technology. Try getting them to relax by reading - and by reading we don't mean more revision books!

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