Does your child get enough sleep?

Does your child get enough sleep?
Posted on 03/02/2017

School aged children (5-12) need 10-11 hours of sleep each night. Without enough sleep children will not only be tired, they may also have these problems:

  • headaches and stomachaches= time out of the classroom to see the school nurse
  • poor balance and agility= more playground injuries
  • more illnesses= more absences

There are many behavioral problems seen when students are sleep deprived:

  • more impulsive and uncooperative= referrals to the office for behavior problems
  • feeling depressed, angry and/or overly emotional= problems with classmates and friends

Here are some tips for helping your child get a good nights rest:

  • set a schedule that allows your child to get enough sleep
  • move bedtime 15 minutes earlier until they are getting 10-11 hours of sleep each night
  • go to bed and get up at the same time each day, including weekends
  • spend 30 minutes winding down before bed: no TV or computer during this time
  • create a quiet, cool bedroom
  • do not drink caffeine after 12:00 PM- stays active in the body for up to 8 hours
  • no TV or computer in the child’s bedroom

If these ideas do not work, talk with your child’s health care provider. Your child may have a sleep disorder and would benefit from a sleep evaluation.

(Information taken from presentation by Dr. Catherine Darley, Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine, provided to Seattle Public School Nurses 2/1/2012.)

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