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Benefits of a Restful Night’s Sleep for Children

July 7, 2020

Sleep is an essential part of everyone’s routine and an indispensable part of a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that kids who regularly get an adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to high blood pressure, obesity, and depression.

Getting a restful night’s sleep is essential for adequate growth. It also benefits the heart, with lower levels of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. There is evidence that getting too little sleep causes children to become overweight, starting in infancy.

During sleep, children (and adults) produce proteins which the body relies on to fight infection, illness, and stress. Children who are not well-rested are far more likely to sustain injuries that require medical attention. A restful night’s sleep also increases kids’ attention spans and boosts learning.

Establishing a consistent bedtime routine plays an essential role in children getting a restful night’s sleep. Bedtime should start at the same time each night. Some helpful ways to help your child wind down are dimming the lights, stopping the use of electronics/screens at least an hour before bedtime, taking a warm bath, reading a short book with your child, and if they wake during the night, walk them back to bed with as little commotion as possible.

To find out if your child is getting the appropriate amount of sleep each night, visit the CDC’s website.

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