Life Skills for Children A-Z – Z is for Zzzzzzz

Sleep! We spend the first half of their lives when they are babies and young children wishing they’d do more of it. Then they hit the pre teen and teenage years and you wish they’d do less.

The truth of the matter is that sleep is important to everyone – both adult and child.

Here are just a few of the reasons why you need to be firm and make sure they (and you) hit the sack at the right time.

  • Lack of sleep affects learning, memory and school performance
  • Lack of sleep has been associated with behavioural problems in children, especially ADHD
  • Night terrors can worsen due to sleep deprivation
  • Lack of sleep can lead to weight gain. Levels of hormones that regulate satiety and hunger may alter and lead to overeating.
  • Sleep aids growth as growth hormones are secreted during sleep
  • Lack of sleep affects behaviour, tolerance levels, concentration, irritability, impatience
  • If kids sleep well, parents are more likely to sleep well – have you ever noticed that whether your child is good or naughty is in direct proportion to how much sleep you’ve had over the previous few nights? The fact is that your child’s behaviour hasn’t changed, it’s your tolerance towards that behaviour that’s changed and it’s no different for kids.

Teaching children to listen to their bodies and understand the need for sleep is a skill they’ll need to learn. All kids are different and have different needs. Work with them to watch their moods and adjust their routines to make sure they’re getting what they need sleep-wise.

How much sleep do your kids get a night? What time do you send them up the wooden hill? Everyone seems to like to hear how others are doing it so why not leave us a comment or send a CANDo email.

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2 Responses to Life Skills for Children A-Z – Z is for Zzzzzzz

  1. Det Nilam August 29, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    What is your opinion about “power nap”?

    • Cat Malin September 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

      Great if it’s an occasional because you’ve listened to your body’s need. If you’re “power-napping” too often though, I’d be tempted to look at life style, i.e. sleeping well, getting enough exercise and eating the right stuff to give your body the energy it needs.

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