child sleepingSleep is essential no matter how old you are, however, to a growing mind and body a lack of sleep can be very detrimental.

Slowed speech and various behavioral problems can stem from not sleeping enough as can a decrease in cognitive abilities. Many children also experience heightened stress and anxiety without proper rest.

  • American Psychological Association estimates that sleep issues affect 69% of children on a number of nights each week. If your child is having difficulty, some things to try are:
  • Reduce the amount of noise in the home. Have older siblings who are still awake play quietly and observe a quiet period that starts 15 to 30 minutes before bedtime. This time should be tranquil and there should be minimal stimulation this will allow the mind and body to calm and prepare to rest.
  • Make sure that the bedroom is not too hot or too cold and dress the child appropriately. This will ensure that the child will not become restless due to being freezing cold or sweating.
  • It is also important to have a set bedtime and routine. If everything happens at a standard time, the body will become adjusted to the schedule.

How much sleep does my child need?

Sleep Requirements by age are as follows:

Age

Required Sleep

One to four weeks old

15-16 hours each day

One to twelve months old

14-15 hours each day

One to three years old

12-14 hours each day

Three to six years old

10-12 hours each day

Seven to twelve years old

10-11 hours each day

Twelve to eighteen years old

8-9 hours each day

As parents, you are constantly under the watchful eye of a child. The deprivation of sleep can affect adults in much the same way as children through moodiness and slowing the rate at which your brain processes information. Set a good example for your children by getting enough sleep yourself.

Design the room for sleeping

It is easy to fall in love with the pictures of highly decorated children’s bedrooms on the internet. The problem is that an overly stimulating room can keep a child from sleeping. That is not to say that the room should be plain and contain nothing but a bed. Decorating is fine but save the extreme for the playroom. Keep the colors soothing and tranquil and decrease the number of toys, clutter and electronics. By doing this the child will not have the option to lay awake thinking about the items they see some even go as far as getting out of bed to play.

If you follow these ideas and of course set an example both you and your child can be well rested, happy and healthy!

 

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