Keep Your Kids Healthy With a Good Night’s Sleep

Are your kids having a hard time paying attention in school? Do they wake up crabby and still seem to be tired? If you answered yes to these questions, your children may not be getting a good night’s sleep. Most doctors agree that kids need between ten and twelve hours of sleep every night. These nighttime hours are used to help your children bodies and minds rest and rejuvenate, preparing them for another day.

Kids Good Night Sleep

Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

There are many benefits that your kids can receive from getting a good night’s sleep, including doing better in school. When your children get the right amount of sleep at night, their minds will be more alert and better able to focus. Their ability to memorize and remember what they learned will be greatly improved. These are the basic skills that promote good learning.

Your child’s overall health will also be better and they will have more energy during the day. Recent studies suggest that there is a definite link between being overweight and lack of sleep. The studies show that kids who get between ten and twelve hours of sleep are less likely to be overweight. Obesity can lead to other health problems like diabetes and heart disease.

You will also begin to notice a change in your kids’ moods when they are able to wake up refreshed instead of still being tired. Not only will your children mood improve but so will yours, because you too will be getting a good night’s sleep. With proper sleep, you can come to eliminate those morning arguments while trying to get your kids ready for school.

How to Help Your Kids Sleep Better

The realization that a good night’s sleep will help your kid’s health improve, does not mean that it will be any easier to get them to sleep at night. There are some strategies that you can use to try to help them sleep better. First, create the right setting in your child’s bedroom. It should be a dark, quiet yet comfortable place for them to sleep. If you decide to let them have a TV in their room, you must insist that it be turned off at least one hour before going to bed.

Specialists agree that setting a bedtime routine is essential, if you want your children to have a good night’s sleep. You should create a routine including bedtime steps like taking a bath, brushing their teeth, reading a book and any other steps needed to get ready for bed. Follow the same steps, in the same order and at the same time every night. This will allow your children to wind down and prepare themselves for bedtime and they will know what to expect after each step.

There are some foods that are known to help your children sleep better at night. The most popular, time-tested food is warm milk. It is believed that the amino acid, Tryptophan found in milk helps the body fall asleep faster. Bananas, oatmeal and cherries are other foods that can help them fall asleep faster. Limit your children intake of caffeine and sugar throughout the day, particularly closer to bedtime.

If your child is still having trouble getting enough sleep, they may have a sleeping disorder like sleep apnea, snoring, sleepwalking or night tremors. It is estimated that as many as 30% of children have some form of a sleep disorder. If you believe that your child may have a sleeping disorder, you are not alone and there is help available. You should make an appointment with the doctor, so he can evaluate your child and provide you with the necessary information to help you seek treatment.

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I am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog healthadvice4life.com. Healthadvice4life covers articles on various Health and wellness topics. If you like This post, you can follow healthadvice4life on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google PlusI am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog healthadvice4life.com. Healthadvice4life covers articles on various Health and wellness topics. If you like This post, you can follow healthadvice4life on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google Plus

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