25 Nov 5 Reasons Sleep Is A Vital Part of a Kid’s Development
Samantha Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.
Sleep is vital to every single part of our lives from the day we are born to the day we die, but sometimes as we grow older we forget just how important it can be. Here are five reasons that you should do everything you can in order to ensure your kids are getting the best sleep possible.
Helps them Grow
We joke that kids grow overnight, but it’s actually very true. The human body produces most of the human growth hormones while the mind is unconscious, so kids literally do most of their growing while they’re asleep. If they don’t get enough high-quality sleep, they are much less likely to grow to their full potential size.
Helps them Be More Empathetic
Getting a good night’s sleep just makes everybody nicer, no matter how old they are. Kids are going to take more care with their words and be more considerate of other peoples’ feelings when they are well-rested. It helps them to feel a lot more in control of their lives, which means you will have less arguments and meltdowns in your house and at school.
Helps them Learn More
Memory and creativity are very tied to sleep. The more sleep your child gets, the more likely they are to remember what they’ve been taught and build on that to learn new things. They are also more likely to make creative connections that allow them to get even more excited about what they are learning.
Helps them Stay Healthy
Kids are pretty well known as vectors for any kind of illness possible. They also spend all day surrounded by other kids, which puts them at risk for catching those illnesses if their immune system isn’t as built up as it needs to be.
The immune system does most of its healing and fighting against illness while the rest of the body is asleep, which is why doctors recommend a lot of rest when someone is sick. The more sleep they get, the less likely your child will be to catch whatever illness is going around school this week. This also means your other children – and you! – will be less likely to catch those germs.
Helps Build Healthy Habits
The better your child gets at figuring out what they need to do to fall asleep at a regular time, the better off they will be as they get older. Teaching your child healthy habits surrounding sleep will allow them to build their own sleep routine that might actually stick as they get into their teenage and adult years.
It is not uncommon for children to go through periods where they struggle to sleep through the night, especially when they are young. This can be exacerbated by scratchy sheets or uncomfortable mattresses, but those are entirely fixable.
However, you as a parent probably know when something is normal and when something is wrong with your kid. If you find your child having new issues that have you concerned, try making some lifestyle changes to help them sleep easier. If those do not work, it is definitely worth talking to a doctor about to see if there is another issue at hand.