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The Importance Of Sleep

Posted Jul 26 2008 10:18am

Children need the proper amount of sleep consistently each night to lead a productive day. Poor sleep habits can influence their diet, moods, cognitive skills, and ability to carry out daily chores. Most research states that a good 8 to 9 hours a night is sufficient for most school aged children.

The article reviewed today (link) is written for adults and their sleep patterns, but many of the suggestions can be related to children as well. The news release from the Tampa Bay Channel 10 news states that “Sleep loss can impair your memory, learning and logical reasoning. A sleep disorder called sleep apnea, can put you at risk for high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke.”

What causes poor sleep?

Stress – school or job pressures, family or marriage problem, serious illness or death

Too much caffeine, alcohol or exercising too close to your bedtime

Jet lag

Distracting sleep environment – too cold or hot, too bright, too noisy

Some medications – decongestants, steroids, some medicines for high blood pressure, asthma or depression

What can I do to get a good night’s sleep?

Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before bedtime

Exercise regularly

Use your bed only for sleep

If you have trouble sleeping, don’t nap during the day

Establish a regular bedtime routine that lets your brain know it’s time to sleep

If you can’t sleep, get up and do something relaxing such as reading, to clear your mind

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