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💤 Importance of a good night sleep and taking naps for kids 🛌

Ellen Skarbeck

Tags blog, health, kids, sleep
Sleep:
/sliːp/
noun:
A condition of body and mind which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.

There is nothing better than a good night of rest, especially for kids. Read more to find out why sleep is so important for your children...

 

Sleep plays a vital role in everyone’s day to day health but sleep is particularly important for young children, as they are in the process of growing and developing at a rapid speed. So we know that children need sleep, but how much? Most kids between the ages of 5 and 12 get about 9.5 hours of sleep each night, but experts recommend 10 or 11 hours each night. Although amount of sleep can vary from kid to kid and age to age, some may need more than others to function at their best!

There is nothing better than a good night of rest, especially for kids. Read more to find out why sleep is so important for your children...

Experts say that night time sleep is just as important as eating healthy and getting exercise in terms of child development. It is essentially a way of recharging their bodies so they are ready to face the activities of the next day! Getting a good night of sleep allows children’s brains to de-clutter and take a break. They are learning so much about the world at a young age that their brain has to be tired! Sleep also promotes a positive affect on your child’s emotional and physical growth, in addition to their mental health. An adequate amount of sleep each night is overall beneficial to your child’s growth and development.

 

The Importance of Naps:

Sleep during nighttime is the main priority for children’s health, but rest during the day demands the same amount of attention. Naps are not just downtime for proper growth and rejuvenation but they are a good tool to keep your child from becoming overtired. Over-tiredness can cause changes in their mood and may keep them from falling asleep at night. Some tips for naps are to have your child sleep in the same place they normally sleep at night and leave at least three hours between the end of the nap and bedtime. Consistency with naps is the key, as this trains the little ones to stick to a particular sleeping schedule!

There is nothing better than a good night of rest, especially for kids. Read more to find out why sleep is so important for your children...

 

Sleep tips for kids:
  1. Make sure your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet. This creates a calm, comfortable sleeping environment.
  2. Exercise during the day. This helps their bodies get ready for sleep.
  3. Try to go to bed at the same time every night. This helps their body get used to a consistent schedule.
  4. Avoid big meals for bedtime. A healthy snack or a warm glass of milk is fine!
  5. Don’t drink sodas with caffeine. This will give them lots of energy and it will take longer for them to calm down.
  6. Avoid completely sweets. This would excite them, as sugar in your body brings excitement 
  7. Have a bedtime routine. Have them do the same thing every night before going to bed like brush their teeth, comb their hair, and wash their face. This will help train your body to know when it is time for bed! 
  8. Don’t forget the most important is to give them love and attention. A huge cuddle before going to bed is precious for every kids and if you have time, a bedtime story is always good to have them fall asleep peacefully.

There is nothing better than a good night of rest, especially for kids. Read more to find out why sleep is so important for your children...

 


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