Restful, Restorative Sleep for Kids (and Adults)

SleepEvery living creature, great and small, needs to sleep. Our mind depends on it and our body depends on it. Our physical and emotional health is impacted by our ability to get restful, restorative sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the amount of sleep you need each night varies with age and is especially impacted by lifestyle and health.

Take a moment to examine what lifestyle factors are affecting your quality and quantity of sleep; such as work or school schedules, stress and your physical demands. To determine how much sleep you need, it’s important to assess where you fall on the “sleep needs spectrum”.

Adequate sleep is especially important for the growing and developing brain (and body) of our children. In fact, during a good night’s sleep our brain is quite active depositing information into memory and flushing out waste products made by brain cells during the day. These are key steps in developing a healthy brain.

What is sabotaging sleep?

Erratic sleep schedules, disruptive blue lights, stress, caffeine, travel…you name it!  Sleep can be interrupted by many factors. Practice these tips for better sleep.

  • Try reading or practice mindful breathing to calm your thoughts
  • Move TV and screen time to at least one hour before bedtime
  • Limit active play or exercise close to bedtime
  • Create a comfortable sleeping room: a cool temperature, cozy bedding and just the right amount of darkness
  • Pause before you eat: going to sleep with a full belly may delay sleep
  • Stick with water: drinking beverages containing sugar and/or caffeine, such as soda, can prevent restful sleep

Research has taught us that the benefits of restful sleep are plentiful.  Good sleep promotes brain, heart, lung, muscle and bone health.  Better concentration, enhanced attention, better problem-solving skills and improved recall are possible with good sleep habits.  Plus, improved sleep leads to fewer changes in mood.  All good things for children and adults!

Learn more about how you can feel better and start improving your sleep today at Sleep.org.

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