Sleep is important for people of all ages but it is especially important for children. If you are struggling to get your child to sleep, you’re not alone. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that 25-50 percent of children and 40 percent of adolescents suffer from sleep problems.
Children who regularly get adequate sleep have improved attention, memory, behavior, and overall mental and physical health. Sleep has a direct effect on happiness and impacts alertness, attention, cognitive performance, mood, resiliency, vocabulary acquisition and learning. It further affects growth, as well as motor skill development especially in infants.
Children who do not get enough sleep can have behavioral problems, as well as mental and physical recuperacions such as: high blood pressure, obesity, anxiety and depression. Lack of sleep can further be linked to allergic rhinitis and immune system problems.
If you are wondering what is adequate sleep, please read how many hours should a kid sleep? to make sure your child is getting enough sleep. If your child is not getting enough sleep according to their age try forming a bedtime routine including Storybook infant massage techniques.
Sleep is indispensable for your little one, so make sure they are getting the sleep they need. Make sure, no matter your child’s age, that they have a consistent bedtime routine and teach them to fall asleep on their own when drowsy but still awake. This will help them learn to fall asleep on their own and how to go back to sleep in case of late night wakings.
Make sure your child is developing right with good sleep. Don’t forget Storybook time is togetherness time.