Maintaining healthy sleep habits is critical for your child’s health. Good quality sleep helps support healthy physical, cognitive, linguistic and emotional development. It also limits the possible negative effects of sleep deprivation, such as hyperactivity, obesity, aggression, language delays, etc.)
Here are 5 practical tips to improve your child's sleep quality
- Encourage them to do physical activity during the day.
- Create regular and predictable routines at bedtime.
- Choose soothing activities (eg. reading, mindfulness) in the late evening.
- Teach them to be independent in their sleep and praise them when they sleep alone.
- Limit distractions (noise, animals, etc.) and exposure to stimulating technology 30 minutes before bedtime.
Everything about sleep
The document "Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development" summarizes facts about sleep and children. Topics such as bed sharing, parasomnia, and interventions to manage sleep problems, are discussed. Read more about the vital role of sleep in the development of our children.
A little science
Young athletes who sleep on average less than 8 hours per night are 1.7 times more likely to have had an injury, compared to athletes who sleep more than 8 hours.