Is your child getting enough sleep? Too little sleep can affect your child’s learning, memory, concentration, attention span, emotions and behaviour.
We are a sleep deprived nation and both adults and children alike are not getting enough ZZZ’s.
There are many factors that play a role in why your child may not be sleeping.
- deficient in minerals like magnesium, and omega- 3’s
- not having a constant routine
- room is too hot or not dark enough
- too much noise in the house
- food allergies or sensitivities, i.e, foods or airborne allergies
Sleep deprived children are often aggressive or irritable. They tend to have a short attention span and are hard to wake up in the morning. Many children are labeled with mild ADHD ( attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) when in fact they are simply sleep deprived.
How much sleep is enough sleep?
- newborns need 16-20 hours
- preschool & school aged children need 10-11 hours
- teenagers need 10 hours
Tips to get kids sleeping
- Set a bedtime and stick to it every night
- Remove electronic devices from their room; TV, cell phone, computer, ipad, video games, electric alarm clock ( opt for a battery operated clock), portable phone
- It has been shown that EMF’s ( electrical magnetic fields) from devices affect our sleep
- Make sure they have exercise earlier on in the day or early evening
- Avoid stimulants like coffee, chocolate, cocoa, soft drinks
- Establish a routine of quiet talking, reading books to them, even meditation tapes
If your child is still experiencing sleepiness during the day start to keep a sleep diary. It may help to reveal what is contributing to their sleep problems and it will be a helpful tool to bring to the doctors office.
- keep track of the time your child goes to bed
- how long does it take them to fall asleep
- how many times did they wake during the night
- did they nap during the day
- did anything make them anxious or upset
- how many hours did they sleep at night