Friday, 28 November 2014

Importance of Sleep For Your Child

Sleep is no less important than food, drink, or safety in the lives of children.

It's certainly not something we do on purpose. As a matter of fact, we often don't think much

 of it, and that is the problem.

With parents working long hours, schedules packed with school, after-school activities, and 

other lifestyle factors, naps are missed, bedtimes are pushed back, mornings start earlier 

and nights may be anything but peaceful.

Missing naps or going to bed a little late may not seem like a big deal, but it is. It all adds up, with consequences that may last a lifetime.
Sleep is the power source that keeps your mind alert and calm.
Every night and at every nap, sleep recharges the brain's battery.

Sleeping well increases brainpower just as weight lifting builds stronger muscles, because 

sleeping well increases your attention span and allows you to be physically relaxed and 

mentally alert at the same time. Then you are at your personal best."

Healthy sleep requires:

·         A sufficient amount of sleep

·         Uninterrupted (good quality) sleep

·         The proper number of age-appropriate naps

·         A sleep schedule that is in sync with the child's natural biological rhythms (internal clock 

or circadian rhythm)

Length of sleep

Children simply must have a sufficient amount of sleep to grow, develop, and function 

 Remember, each child is unique and individual variation occurs.

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