We need to start understanding the importance of sleep for our children. It is critical that our children get the sleep they need for optimal physical and psychological development and functioning. Sleep Apnea children and their interaction are an important consideration.
Sleep is important to children in the formative years. In recent years, researchers have confirmed the critical importance of sleep in a child’s growth and development. Here are some important things to happen to children who go without adequate sleep:
- more inattentive
- less mentally alert
- prone to accidents and injury
- less resilient
- less motivated
Normally when sleep is compromised there is a reduction in school performance, memory consolidation and the ability to learn. Children feel stress, have a really poor outlook, engage less and have less than normal physical activity when they don’t get enough sleep.
In the Sleep Health journal Dr.Max Hirshkowitz said “To improve sleep health, we must refocus our lens. Awareness and education are the key. Teaching sleep health in grade school, along with physical and dental health, is one step.” This really shows the need for sleep education in school. Here are a few reasons why we need to teach children about proper sleep:
- Screen time robs a child of the sleep they need for growth and development.
- Sleep education can improve academic performance.
- Sleep problems in children may lead to substance abuse.
- Sleeping less than 8 hours increases risk of accidental falls in children.
- An adequate bedtime schedule could help prevent depression in children.
- Even minor sleep loss impacts a child’s brain processing.
- Regular bedtimes during early childhood influences children’s behavior.
- Sufficient sleep in childhood may help prevent obesity.
When we take care of our children and they learn about the importance of sleep, we can really help provide a generation of children who are not suffering from sleep illnesses.