Why is sleep so important for children?

Sleep is a basic need.  It is important for our health because when we are asleep, our body repairs and restores itself. Sleep is not less important than food and drink in the lives of children. Sleep is more important than you think.

Most of the children are having a really busy schedule now days. Their schedule includes:

  • School
  • Playing with friends
  • Sports practice or other activities
  • Doing homework

After all these tiring schedule the body and brain of children need some rest and sleep. Sleep allows your brain to remember what you learnt whole day. You can concentrate and pay more attention and make new ideas. When you sleep your body can stay healthy and fight sickness. By having proper sleep muscles and bones can grow. Sleep allows your body to rest for the next day. Children ages 5 to 10 needs 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night. If they can’t get enough sleep than they will be:

  • Rude with brothers and sisters and even with their friends and parents.
  • Irritated and in a bad mood
  • Having trouble in listening to teachers and parents
  • Forget what they learned

Sleep and Growth:

Sleeping problems not only disturb a child’s night, also disturb their days by making them less mentally alert, lazy and unable to concentrate. They can easily be distracted. If we call sleep a time to grow for children then it would not be wrong. If children don’t sleep then their body will not grow and the rest which the body of a child requires to grow will not be produced. Lack of sleep also disturbs the mental development as well as physical development. A child who has a proper sleep is more happy and healthier than the one who is deprived of sleep.

Parental sleep is very vital for the health of children. If parents get a proper sleep than they will be more capable of handling and taking care of their child. During the night, if your child wakes up every now and then, this will cause disturbance in your sleep and child will also suffer.

Sleep Tips:

To give your child a proper sleep you must act according to the tips given below. Tips are divided according to the age of the child:

For Newborns:

  • Observe the sign’s which baby shows when he is about to sleep.
  • Before the child is asleep, put him in his baby cart so that he can sleep well.
  • Make baby sleep on his back to face pointing upward.

For Infants:

  • Maintain a good schedule for the sleep of infants.
  • Develop a bedtime routine.
  • Provide him with a good sleeping environment.

For preschoolers:

  • Maintain a good sleep schedule.
  • Make your child sleep in a place where there is no noise and is perfect to sleep.
  • A bedtime story will be very good.

For School-aged Children:

  • Tell them about healthy sleep habits.
  • Provide your child with a good sleeping environment.
  • The bedroom should be free of electronic devices like TV, Laptops etc.
  • Don’t give them coffee or any such beverage.