Sleep is sleep, isn’t it?

But have you ever thought about whether your child is getting healthy sleep?

The sleep quality among infants and children generally vary just as the quality of their diets do.

Healthy sleep is as important as good nutrition and exercise for normal growth and development. Sleep also impacts daytime mood and functioning. If your child has poor grades or other difficulties in school, it’s possible that could be traced back to lack of sleep.

Healthy sleep requires both enough sleep and good-quality sleep.

There are umpteen reasons your child might not be getting enough sleep. These probable reasons may include childhood fears, sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and environmental situations, such as noise or poor schedules that don’t provide for enough sleep.

In case of infants and children the recommended amount of sleep varies in hours for each age group as under;

– Newborns: 12-16 hours in total in short sleeping periods.

– Infants, toddlers and preschoolers: 11-14 hours, including naps.

– Kindergartners to 8th graders: 9-10 hours a night.

– 9-12th graders: 9.25 hours a night.

Sleep disorders like sleep apnea cause fragmented sleep among children. That means the child appears to get enough sleep time, but the sleep is poor quality and won’t be restorative for the day ahead. Obstructive sleep apnea and periodic limb movement disorder may also develop such chronic conditions in children.

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