Getting enough sleep is more important than most people give it credit for, especially among children. Kids naturally evade sleep because of the myriad things they’d rather do. An average day for school-age children, however, is filled up with activities that can exhaust their bodies without them knowing it, such as classes, playtime with friends, sports, dance, music lessons and homework.
According to a study published in Reuters on October 14, 2013:
Kids without a regular bedtime tend to have more behavior problems at home and at school, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that when children started going to sleep at a more consistent time, their behavior improved as well.
“If you are constantly changing the amounts of sleep you get or the different times you go to bed, it’s likely to mess up your body clock,” said Yvonne Kelly, who led the study.
“That has all sorts of impacts on how your body is able to work the following day,” Kelly, from University College London, told Reuters Health.
Getting enough sleep is important for the child’s brain because some scientists believe that while a person is sleeping, the brain sorts through different information and stores them, replaces the chemicals in the brain and deals with some of the person’s problems. Children between 5 and 12 years old are recommended to get 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night, which can be induced by using a comfortable mattress from Sacramento sleep specialty stores like The Healthy Bed Store. If a child doesn’t get enough rest, there’s a chance he will not be able to think clearly.
Aside from poor brain function, lack of sleep will not help the body replenish the energy the child lost during a very busy day. Thus, he will not be active enough to do his activities the next day. Parents can coax the child to sleep by saying that he will be giving his body a tiny vacation, or by calling his attention to his pet which needs to sleep regularly, too.
Still, the most effective subtle way to improve children’s sleeping habits is to develop a regular bedtime routine, and to make the kids go to bed at the same time each night to get the body in sync with that routine. It is best to practice the routine as early as when the child is 4 months old.
Giving the child a good night’s sleep is an achievement for most parents. However, for some children who have been having sleep problems, mattresses from Sacramento bedding and mattress stores like The Healthy Bed Store may be a way to help solve these problems.
(Article Excerpt and Image from: Non-regular bedtimes tied to kids’ behavior problems,Reuters, October 14, 2013)