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Rising Temperatures, Lowered Attention Span

Melbourne’s recent heatwave has challenged my ability to focus this week which got me thinking about the correlation between hot weather and attention span. The warm summer months can be testing for everyone, especially school aged children, who’s brains are programmed to work best in 22 degree c temperatures (72 degrees F). Studies have shown that when temperatures rise even just slightly higher than these ideals, our brains find it harder to focus, our productivity goes down significantly and we are more likely to make mistakes. This may show itself in kids appearing to daydream more, feeling lethargic or finding it harder to pay attention and focus. 1. Keep hydrated! Dehydration effe