Better sleep, better brain: Maximise your kid’s brain
For many parents, the beginning signs of kids having poor sleep are rather innocuous and almost unnoticeable, until….
- Your child may be slow to get out of bed and get ready for the day ahead,
- They may be more irritable and cranky than usual,
- You catch them falling asleep during the day, or they say they want to nap during the afternoon,
- The school grades are slipping,
- And, the school teacher mentions your child is having difficulty paying attention or concentrating.
“Think of sleep as a chance for the body to recharge for the next day.”Sleep helps the brain consolidate memories and information received throughout the day. It also allows the body to heal and repair cell structure, and maintain hormone balance within the body. Lack of sleep can be dangerous for adults; fatigue and exhaustion affects our decision making, mood reaction times and can play a part in workplace accidents, car crashes etc. Lack of sleep in kids will also affect their memory, attention skills, concentration, mood and much more. More importantly, it disrupts healthy brain development. Kids may have difficulty falling and staying asleep for many reasons, but luckily for you there are steps you can take to ensure that your child is receiving the healthy dose of sleep they need to power through the day!
- Enforce a regular morning and bedtime schedule
- Bed is for sleep
- Avoid bright lights before bedtime
- Change out the lightbulbs that are LED or fluorescent in the bedroom
- Have a digital curfew
- Install red lights in the bathroom
- Introduce bright lights in the morning
- Get sunlight exposure throughout the day
- No caffeine
- No naps