Did you know, a loss of one hour of sleep deprivation can be the equivalent to the loss of two years of cognitive maturation and development? Shocking. How much sleep do our kids really need?
Children who don’t get the amount of sleep required based on their age can suffer several problems from being in a foul mood to a weakened immune system (therefore getting frequently sick) or even worse, a lack of growth.
Have a look at the negative impacts of too little sleep at the infographic below!
The Riley Hospital for Children Sleep Disorders Center at Indiana (USA) has provided some recommendations for a child’s sleep hygiene which includes:
- The sleeping room should not be the same room used for playtime.
- The room should be dark, but not pitch black.
- Make sure the child gets sufficient daytime exercise
- Encourage your child to develop a regular bedtime and get up at the same time each morning, even on weekends.
- Encourage your child to avoid heavy meals within two hours of bedtime; however, a light snack such as milk or cheese or crackers at bedtime may be helpful.
- NO stimulants within eight hours of bedtime (which means no cola drinks, tea, coca, chocolates; etc.)
- White noise, such as that provided by a fan or dehumidifier, may be helpful.