How to help your children develop healthy sleep habits
Sleep is important! Give your children the tools needed to develop healthy sleep habits that will carry them into adulthood. Healthy sleep habits are not necessarily easy to form but we form this interesting article detailing when important a healthy bedtime is for a child by Tami Dolphens, physician’s assistant at Children’s Physicians in La Vista.
A good night’s sleep – or lack of – can affect many aspects of the day. Sleep improves attention, memory and mood, while too little sleep can cause anxiety, irritability, low energy. It also can cause children to become more prone to illness and accidents.
A great way to start your child out on the right track for healthy sleep is to create a sleep routine at infancy and adjust that routine as your child grows. For healthy development, toddlers need a lot of sleep – an average of 11 to 13 hours per day, including a daytime nap. The journey to bedtime should start long before getting under the covers. Playtime should end at least an hour before bedtime; dim lighting and a calm tone of voice will also help children wind down for the day. Whether your bedtime routine starts with a bath followed by a story or a special tuck-in tradition, consistency helps children feel safe by knowing what to expect at the end of each day. Try to keep mornings consistent, too, by maintaining regular wake times.
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