August 30, 2019 - Wellness
With busy school schedules, extracurricular activities, and piles of homework, sleep can sometimes become a lower priority for a child. On average, children need about 9 to 11 hours of sleep every night. But according to a study from ParticipACTION, about 31 percent of school-age children do not get enough sleep, and nearly one-third of school-age children experience problems with their sleep-wake cycle. This means many children don’t get adequate rest at night, making it harder for them to concentrate in school the next day. Keep reading and learn how to make sleep a higher priority on your family’s to-do list this school year.
From the National Sleep Foundation
When children don’t get enough sleep, they not only have a harder time focusing in school, but they’re at higher risk of developing a severe health disorder with long-term side effects. Research shows that prolonged sleep deprivation in children may:
By establishing a healthy sleep routine today, you can keep your child on the right track for a successful school year and a happier, healthier life.
Once your child adjusts to their new bedtime routine, they’re encouraged to stick to their sleep schedule as much as possible—even on holidays and weekends. Because when that routine is disrupted, it can be harder for children to reset their sleep-wake cycle.
Here are a few additional tips and practices you can implement right now to promote healthier sleep in your home.
As you implement one or more of these tips, you can help your child create a healthier sleep routine. Because when children sleep better, they feel better, perform better, and live better. For additional sleep tips and information, please visit maloufsleep.com/blog.