Ahhh bedtime! Finally a time to recharge the batteries after a long day. Throw on your pajamas, turn the fan on, maybe a crack a window, and fall into that deep REM sleep to prepare for tomorrow. Getting enough sleep is very important to our mental and physical health. Even when we are sleeping, our brains are working while we rest. Establishing a routine for each night can let your biological clock know that it is time to sleep. This leads to less sleepless nights or restlessness. Here are some reasons why establishing a bedtime routine for yourself and child is important!
Throughout the day some children may have a harder time concentrating than others. Children who do not get enough sleep may have a more difficult time focusing or managing their moods. Making sure your child is well rested not only helps them to concentrate and to learn new things, but it also supports the brain to take in information and retain it.
Children who do not sleep as much as they should, may see a negative effect on their growth hormones. Growth hormones are primarily produced during sleep, a child that is lacking rest may develop a growth hormone deficiency. Lack of sleep can also affect a child’s weight. According to the Sleep Foundation, children who suffer from sleep deprivation may be affecting their leptin hormone which tells a child that they have eaten enough. If this hormone has been impacted, a child will continue eating even though they have had enough which can lead to obesity.
To ensure that your child gets the amount of sleep needed, it is important to start a sleep schedule at a young age and to be as consistent as possible with it. A bedtime routine will not only keep your child on a consistent schedule, but it will also help to calm your child down from the day and help them to fall asleep faster. A bedtime routine can be as simple as taking a bath, brushing your teeth, singing a quiet song together or reading a book.
Blake Kraussel, Director of Administration and Employee Development