Bedtime: Safeguarding Your Child’s Sleep For Health And Growth
Like all human beings, children need an appropriate amount and quality of sleep to ensure that the body and mind can rejuvenate and prepare for the next day. Getting the proper sleep allows the brain to work at peak efficiency, since it is during sleep that the brain is “cleaned up.” This daily housekeeping optimizes the speed of learning from day to day.
On the other hand, lack of sleep contributes to health problems, such as obesity. Setting a good sleeping pattern for your child will do them a great deal of good both now and in the future.
Some of the questions you may be pondering now are how many hours of sleep your child should get each day. And, does this amount only refer to uninterrupted sleep or is it the total number of hours, including nap times? The following post addresses these points and more:
Healthy Sleep Habits: How Many Hours Does Your Child Need?
From infants and toddlers to school-aged kids and teens, parents want to know how many hours of sleep are recommended. While it’s true that sleep needs vary from one person to another, there are some very reasonable, science-based guidelines to help you determine whether your child is getting the sleep he or she needs to grow, learn, and play.
Childhood Sleep Guidelines
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) provides some helpful guidelines regarding just how much sleep children need at different stages in their development. Keep in mind that these numbers reflect total sleep hours in a 24-hour period. So if your son or daughter still naps, you’ll need to take that into account when you add up his or her typical sleep hours. Read more at Healthy Children…
Different age groups have different sleep requirements, so you need to adjust your child’s sleeping routine as they grow. Eventually, they will learn to value the importance of a good night’s sleep based on your emphasis of this fact.
One of the ways you can instill the discipline of sleeping adequately is ensuring that your child goes to bed at a particular time each night. The following post describes how and why you should do this:
Importance of Early Bedtime for Babies and Children
My Experience with Early Bedtime
I am a huge believer in early bedtime. I will tell anyone and everyone that early bedtime is a magical thing. I’m usually met with a lot of skepticism from people when I tell them that my 3.5 yr old goes to bed at 6 pm every night. “Well, doesn’t he wake up at like 4 in the morning?” is a question I get asked a lot. I’m always thrilled to reply that no, actually he sleeps straight through until 6 or 6:30am. Again, I am met with skeptical glances.
It’s true though, ever since discovering the power of early bedtime completely by accident, my son is a better sleeper than he has ever been. It shows in his everyday behavior. He’s happy, well rested, attentive and more willing to listen to me when I talk, which is huge for a toddler. Read more at Good Night’s Sleep Site…
As noted, apart from guaranteeing the right amount of sleep, you also need to make sure that the quality of your child’s rest is good. There are several factors that can lead to difficulty in sleeping. Let’s take a look at some of them:
Pediatric sleep disorders
Arousal Disorders – Transitioning from deep sleep to partial wakefulness, children with an arousal disorder don’t simply wake up. They are in a very light sleep and show signs of confusion or disorientation. Behaviors range from simple, such as mumbling during sleep or sitting up for a moment, to complex, like sleep walking or inconsolable crying.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – When the soft tissues in the throat relax during sleep, they can partially block the airway just enough to cause problems during sleep, resulting in obstructive sleep apnea.
Restless Legs Syndrome – A neurological disorder, restless legs syndrome involves urges to move legs, arms, or trunk during times of rest or inactivity. This makes it challenging to fall and stay asleep. Read more at Monbaby…
There are many things that can interrupt your child’s sleep. Anxiety about school can be a major sleep disrupter, which is why it’s critical that you enroll your child in a school they will love.
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