How much is enough sleep? Help your kids get a good night sleep

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Lack of sleep in children is a very scary thought.  At the moment it can be very concerning to have a child that has sleep problems.  What is even more horrifying is lack of sleep is linked to a lot of problems in later life.  A child who does not sleep in his early years can later struggle with obesity, learning difficulties, anxiety disorders and depression.

A study done by The Journal of Sleep found children who did not get enough sleep had more behavior problems and were less adaptable than children who did get sleep.

According to Dr. Lisa Thorton these are following symptoms:

  • Loud snoring and sleep walking
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times
  •  Behavioral problems 
  • Learning/concentration problems
  • Moodiness, anxiety  

What are ways that we can help children sleep?

Dr. Thorton recommends a quiet dark room, very little stimulation, quiet time and a bed time routine.  It is also helpful to understand that children do not fall asleep right away it may take up to 20 minutes to fall asleep.

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