When it comes to children’s sleep, there are natural changes that occur as your child ages. In fact, most children have outgrown their first sleep problems by age 2 or 3 years. However even though they may seem like small things when your child is only 2-3 years old, good habits can be started early that help establishes the foundation of good sleep habits for the future.
Sleep is important to your children. In fact, some studies suggest that lack of sleep can have a negative impact on a person’s mental health. It can also put them at risk for accidents. According to The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), it is recommended that children between the ages of 3 and 13 get nine hours of sleep every night. But getting your child to sleep isn’t an easy task. This article will help you understand why sleep is important for your child and some strategies to help them get the sleep they need.
The number of hours your children sleep at night is a great indication of their overall health. As a pediatrician in Boston, I always knew sleep was a key to staying healthy but I wasn’t quite sure how important it actually is until seeing my own child begin to experience sleep problems a few months ago. After working with thousands of patients over the past 15 years, I can’t emphasize enough what an impact proper rest has on overall physical and mental health in children.
Reduced sleep quality is a leading cause of increased behavioral problems, especially for kids. It’s also one of the main reasons teenagers and young adults act like jerks when their alarm clock rings too early on Monday mornings. That’s why it’s very important to get your children to bed early so they can get enough sleep and be ready for the next day at school, or college. The environment where your children sleep is also important – temperature, light, noise levels…etc.
Parents have many problems in their lives and one of the chief concerns is a child’s sleeping habits. So to help parents, I’m giving my advice on ways you can help your child sleep better at night.