Good Sleep, for Good Growth

 

“Sleep is the power source that keeps your mind alert and calm. Every night and at every nap, sleep recharges the brain’s battery. Sleeping well increases brainpower just as weight lifting builds stronger muscle.”

Healthy sleep is:

  •  A sufficient amount of sleep
  •   Uninterrupted (good quality) sleep
  •  Age-appropriate naps
  •  A sleep schedule that is in sync with the child’s natural biological rhythms

 For most kids, sleeping comes pretty naturally. Here are some tips to help kids catch all the zzz’s they need…

  • Try to put them to bed around the same time every night. This helps their body get into a routine.
  • Follow a bedtime routine that is calming, such as giving them a warm bath or reading to them.
  • Limit food and drinks that contain caffeine, including iced tea.
  • Don’t have a TV in their room. Research shows that kids who have one in their rooms sleep less.
  • Don’t expose them to scary movies, TV shows or books before bed.
  • Use their bed just for sleeping. That way you will train their bodies to associate their beds with sleeping.

For more information, I found this link very useful http://kidshealth.org/

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