Why bedtime is SO important for children

  • Why Bedtime is so important for children ?
  • Study found kids who slept poorly did not enjoy happy times as much
  • Scientists warn it could have devastating impact on child’s growing mind 

Television and mobile are the culprit,  Long hours of mobile usage or Television can impact the quality of sleep and also the discipline of bedtime

A new study warns those lost hours of sleep could have a crucial – and potentially devastating impact – on their later life.

According to experts at the University of Houston, children who suffer inadequate or disrupted sleep are far more likely to suffer depression and anxiety as adults.

Why bedtime is SO important for children

Bedtime! A new study getting children to bed on time could save them from emotional disorders in later life

SO HOW MUCH SLEEP SHOULD YOUR CHILD BE GETTING A NIGHT?

Doctors recommend that newborns aged under four weeks should sleep 16 hours a day.

Up to the age of 12 months, they can sleep between 14 and 15 hours a day.

Children aged between one and three years old should sleep 12-14 hours a day.

From three to six, that figure can be cut to 10-12 hours a day.

And children aged between seven and 12 should sleep at least 10 hours a day.

Once they hit 12, children can sleep eight hours a day, like adults.

 

 

To pinpoint these cognitive, behavioural and physiological patterns of emotional risk, clinical psychologist Candice Alfano temporarily restricted sleep in 50 children between the ages of seven and 11.

The findings revealed that lack of sleep conjured more negative emotions, and distorted positive emotional experiences.

For example, children found less enjoyment in positive things after just two nights of inadequate sleep.

They were also less reactive to positive things, and less likely to remember the details of a fun experience.

These tendencies faded when they had enough sleep.

It means that, on a long-term scale, children with less sleep would not have a strong bank of positive memories to draw from.

According to Alfano’s research, sleep and emotional development are inextricably linked.

She warns that parents need to treat sleep and the child’s emotional future as seriously as they do dental hygiene or nutrition.

‘Healthy sleep is critical for children’s psychological well-being,’ Alfano said.

‘Continually experiencing inadequate sleep can eventually lead to depression, anxiety and other types of emotional problems.

‘Parents, therefore, need to think about sleep as an essential component of overall health in the same way they do nutrition, dental hygiene and physical activity.

Why bedtime is SO important for children ?

‘If your child has problems waking up in the morning or is sleepy during the day, then their nighttime sleep is probably inadequate.

‘This can result for several reasons, such as a bedtime that is too late, non-restful sleep during the night or an inconsistent sleep schedule.’

The investigation, funded by the National Institute of Health, is ongoing as they seek to explore a wide range of issues that impact on a child’s emotional state in later life.

Lack of sleep conjured more negative emotions, and distorted positive emotional experiences, the study said

Lack of sleep conjured more negative emotions, and distorted positive emotional experiences, the study said

More than $ 120 billion a year is spent on depression- and anxiety-related disorders.

Doctors recommend that newborns aged under four weeks should sleep 16 hours a day.

Up to the age of 12 months, they can sleep between 14 and 15 hours a day.

Children aged between one and three years old should sleep 12-14 hours a day.

From three to six, that figure can be cut to 10-12 hours a day.

And children aged between seven and 12 should sleep at least 10 hours a day.

Once they hit 12, children can sleep eight hours a day, like adults.

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 Tips to help kids with quality sleep

  1. Dinner should be completed before 8:30
  2. No Televisio or mobile after 9:00 PM
  3. Make them habit of cleaning their bed
  4. A warm water bath can help 
  5. Let them play outside, physical exercise and games makes them tired and can improve the quality of sleep
  6. Children should be encouraged to practice yoga and meditation
  7. Avoid sweets or soft drinks during night time
  8. A warm milk with turmeric or honey boost sleep
  9. Read them a story or poem
  10. Keep a constant sleep time on regular basis once it becomes their habit they can follow lifetime
  11. Early to bed and early to rise makes them healthy wealthy and wise

 

 

Importance of Sleep

Older people need as much sleep as the young