So we all know we need to sleep but why is it so important, what actually happens when you sleep?
Sleep for all ages allows children to restore and be ready for the day. This means children have the energy to play and learn during the day. When children are tired they find it harder to play. Being tired can also make a child less likely get involved in activities. Having good sleep gives children the energy to be active and try new experiences.
Boost Immune System
When a child sleeps it helps their immune system stay strong and fight of germs and illnesses. If a child is unwell they are more likely to catch illnesses and be unwell. If your child is not well rested their body can’t protect themselves as well. Then when your child is unwell they often need more sleep to help them get well. To read more about sleep when children are unwell read my other blog, Sick Little Ones.
When a child is well rested they are able to concentrate. This means they are less likely to hurt themselves as they can concentrate on what is going on around them. They are can be more aware of their surroundings. A well-rested child is also able to learn more. They are the ability to take on more information. And keep it.
It’s when Children Grow
When a child sleeps is when they grow. When children sleep their body produces a growth hormone. Children will often need extra sleep during times of rapid growth. Think about how much all children grow especially in the first 12 months of life.
What about Sleep for Adults
We know sleep for out little ones is important but what about you. You the parent who is caring for the little ones ensuring they are getting enough sleep. Did you know that if you aren’t getting enough sleep it can also impact of your health and wellbeing? If adults don’t get enough sleep it is said to impact their immune function meaning you are more likely to get sick. Lack of sleep impacts on you productivity during the day. Whether you are a stay at home parent or a working parent the more productive you are the more you will get done. It is also linked to healthy eating, depression, less social behaviour and so much more.
And I don’t know about you but when I haven’t had enough sleep I am cranky and find that means everyone in my house cops it.
We need sleep to live a happy healthy lives. If your little one isn’t getting all the sleep they need it is impacting on their health and your health. Great sleep means you child’s body can do everything it needs to and it also means a happier healthier child.
Great sleep means everyone has better concentration to learn and play.