Healthy Sleep in Children – Sleep Hours, Problems, and More

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Sleep is no less important than food, drink, or safety in the lives of children. Although this may seem apparent, many of us actually do not allow our children to get the critical weight lifting builds stronger muscles, because sleeping well increases your attention span and allows you to be physically relaxed and mentally alert at the same time. Then you are at your personal best.”

Essentials of Healthy Sleep

Healthy sleep requires:

  • A sufficient amount of sleep
  • Uninterrupted (good quality) sleep
  • The proper number of age-appropriate naps
  • A sleep schedule that is in sync with the child’s natural biological rhythms (internal clock or circadian rhythm)

If, over time, any of these essentials are not optimal, symptoms of eyes looking around, absorbing everything, one who socially interacts with ease. Altered states of alertness interfere with learning and behavior.

Length of sleep: Children simply must have a sufficient amount of sleep to grow, develop, and function optimally. Fatigue: Even seemingly minor sleep deprivation causes Toddlers who sleep more are more fun to be around, more sociable, and less demanding. Children who sleep less can behave somewhat like hyperactive children.

  • Small but constant deficits in sleep over time tend to have escalating and perhaps long-term effects on breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We are primarily responsible for their sleep habits so it is important to start healthy ones early; it is much easier to instill good habits than correct bad ones.

    Infuse the importance of sleep with daily attention to it and you will likely have a happier, self-assured, less demanding, and more sociable child. And you just might get some more sleep yourself.

    Originally published June 2, 2003.
    Medically updated Oct. 21, 2004.