How Does a Lack of Sleep Affect Your Child’s Health?

Posted on February 22nd, 2018 by wkittredge@bobmills.com.

Child sleeping in the bedroom on bed

Establishing Healthy Sleep Routines & Bedroom Habits for Children

After bringing our first bundle of joy home we soon became familiar with the sleepless nights of feeding and changing that quickly destroyed our adult sleep routines.

Within the first year, the luxury of sleep patterns began to evolve. When we were lucky, we all slept through the night in our own respective bedrooms. It was about this time, I became curious and researched the effects of sleep on a child’s health.

How Prevalent is Sleep Deprivation in America?

Medical research has determined that sleep deprivation causes a long list of health risks in adults including memory issues, weakened immunity, weight gain, increased risk of heart disease and more. The results of sleep deprivation on children are compounded by the negative impact it has on physical, cognitive, and behavioral development.

In a sleep study conducted by the CDC, more than one third of adults in this country are not getting enough mattress time. In similar studies, this number is doubled to more than 60% of children in America that suffer from sleep deprivation and its negative influence on their development.

How Children Are Affected by a Lack of Sleep

The focus of sleep research with children is often concentrated on brain development with the negative impact in cognitive and behavioral development caused by a lack of sleep. However, research is producing greater evidence also tying child sleep duration directly to cases of:

• Obsesity
• Insulin Resistance
• Diabetes
• Cardio Vascular Disease
• Stunted Growth
• And More

How Much Time Should a Child be Sleeping in the Bedroom?

Figuring out how much sleep a child needs is largely dependent on age and physical development. An article entitled “Children and Sleep” published by the National Sleep Foundation outlines the following recommended duration by age group.

• Newborns – 0 to 3 Months: 10.5 to 18 Hours
• Infants – 4 to 11 Months: 9 to 12 Hours
• Toddlers – 1 to 2 Years: 11 to 14 Hours
• Preschoolers – 3 to 5 Years: 11 to 13 Hours
• School Age – 6 to 13 Years: 9 – 11 Hours
• Teen Age – 14 to 18 Years: 8 – 10 Hours

Child Bedroom Routine, Furniture & Environment

According to recent studies, what is the greatest cause for child sleep deprivation? The answer is electronic devices. These devices include video games, television, smartphones and tablets. The excitement and accessibility of an LED interactive world is the leading cause of sleep deprivation in children. Banning these devices from the bedroom and restricting access to them at least an hour before going to bed can help to develop a healthy routine.

It is also good to create a bedroom environment that inspires feelings of comfort, ownership and security. Having the right bedroom furniture for children is a start, along with a comfortable mattress and bedding. Creating those feelings of comfort and ownership with the right furnishings seem to make it easier to establish healthy routines.

Establish Healthy Child Bedroom Routines

As our daughter has grew, we made sure the house was safe. We have made certain the right foods are included in her diet and activities include creative play with learning. After just a little research on the impact of bedroom and bedtime routines, we are also working to establish healthy sleep routines to ensure a positive impact to last a lifetime.

 

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