Kids who sleep enough are happier, more successful and healthier. Do your children have healthy sleep habits?

We all need our time to rest, to recharge the batteries, and to disconnect from the outside world. And what better place to do it than the privileged place of relationship and intimacy between adults and children, our home sweet home? This is a privileged place where we dedicate our time to our children in order to assure they grow happy and healthy. It is extremely important to maintain a work-life balance, so we can spend a meaningful amount of time with our children and provide them with different types of experiences.

One of those moments is bedtime, as it is an indispensable part of everyone’s childhood. Children’s sleep is important for their bodies and brains, but it is also the perfect time for bonding, as it initiates a healthy conversation pattern that can persist through to adulthood. This can be achieved through the reading of a bedtime story, for example.

So, today we’ve decided to explain the importance of sleep for children and how vitamin Zzz may help yours fight obesity, avoid colds, and even succeed in school.

The Effects of Too Few Zzz’s

According to diverse health professional who have studied the importance of sleep for children,  the majority of the children fall asleep within the first twenty minutes after getting into bed. Thus, it becomes important to establish good bedtime routines, as it can be the difference between good sleep habits and sleepless nights.

The same professionals point out the implications of poor sleep on children, such as difficulties to memorize and concentrate and complications in complying with school chores. Besides that, sleep-deprived kids have more health problems, weight problems, and academic problems. The lack of sleep can even impact their immune system. For that reason, babies, children, and teens need significantly more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development.

How to Get Your Kids to Go to Sleep?

Sleep deprivation in children can be helped with changes in their habits surrounding bedtime. Research also shows that an early bedtime and a consistent routine without electronic devices will lead to better sleep.

Another way of doing it is to create the ideal sleeping environment by bringing sleep comfort elements, like a good mattress, the bedroom colors, and, of course, the bed sheets that can also play an important role in child growth and development.

With this in mind, Marialma has a collection that was specially created for babies and toddlers in order to improve the child’s skin while it sleeps. Aware of the fact that certain fabrics can irritate the skin of those with atopic dermatitis, causing it to flare, Marialma’s bed sheets are made with an active component zinc oxide. Known for being “the skin’s best friend”, zinc is a component of skin-building enzymes and it is especially useful for people with sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema or atopic dermatitis.

After All, How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

Here’s a quick guide to how much sleep your child needs based on their age:

  • 1 to 4 weeks old: 15-16 hours a day
  • 1 to 4 months old: 14-15 hours a day
  • 4 to 12 months old: 12-14 hours a day
  • 1 to 3 years old: 12-14 hours a day
  • 3 to 6 years old: 10-12 hours a day
  • 7 to 12 years old: 10-11 hours a day
  • 13 to 18 years old: 8-9 hours a day

Please note that the amount of sleep a kid needs varies depending on the individual and certain factors besides the age of your child.

With the collaboration of:

Gabriela Trevisan

PhD in Childhood Studies

Adjunct Professor at ESEPF – Higher School of Education Paula Frassinett

All in all, we hope you have enjoyed our article about the importance of sleep for children Feel free to pin all the images to your favorite Pinterest board and subscribe to our newsletter, so you can be the first to know about our latest articles. Lastly, don’t forget: sleep well, live well!

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