Ever had that moment where you are like “time to get out the Benadryl again” because your kid refuses to go to sleep? You are not alone. Twenty to 30 percent of young children in the U.S. experience sleep problems. As parents, we need to start exploring the reasons our kids are not falling or staying asleep so we do not result to drugging our kids because it certainly is not fixing the problem, just putting a bandage on it.
Sleep is a time of mental and physical restoration. No sleep means no restoration of our nerves and all cells in our body. Sleep is so pivotal in children’s lives; it affects their schooling, relationships, focus, health, mood and more. If a child is not getting the appropriate sleep they need then we start to see symptoms such as poor school performance, emotional irregularities, more frequent illnesses and poor recovery, and even poor growth.
Lack of sleep in childhood is linked to cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, depression, anxiety, cancer and more in adulthood so what we do now for our kids is only going to make their lives, and our lives, that much easier in the future.
The following are six things each family should start exploring and discussing to really figure out why our kids are not getting to sleep.
- Routine: This is No. 1 on your list. Kids thrive off of routine and if you are not consistent with it, their sleep will not be consistent. Eat dinner, do bath time, brush teeth and read books at the same time each night. When…