From the moment your baby is placed in your arms, they snuggle right into your heart. It is said that if you let your baby’s sleep properly, it will help them move mountains. Not literally, but really sleep plays a crucial role in the development and growth of a child.
A healthy child is one who is active, energetic, a swift learner and curious. As we all know, children should adequately engage in physical activities from a young age. This helps the child develop physically and mentally.
Now you may want to know, what exactly is the role of sleep in the child’s growth?
Growth hormone is released into the bloodstream from the anterior pituitary gland. It produces other hormones that have different functions from growth hormones. Growth hormone acts on many parts of the body to promote growth in children. It is observed that the growth hormone is released by the pituitary gland when the child is asleep.
If the child will not have a consistent proper sleep, the growth hormone will get suppressed which in turn will have a negative impact on the child’s growth and affect other bodily hormones as well.
In terms of behavior if the child will not get enough sleep, the child will become easily irritable, inobedient and anxious. The child will feel withdrawn from the loved ones and will begin to overreact on every little thing.
How much it is required for children everyday?
Most child experts agree that children need approximately 9-11 hours of sleep everyday.
Researches suggest that children who have a regular and adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health.
Some of the benefits of proper sleep for children are:
- Helps in growth in height.
- Helps children learn fast and retain that memory for a longer period of time.
- Increases kids’ attention span.
- reduces injury risk.
- Takes care of the heart.
- Manages the child’s weight.
The most common issue all parents face is to make their children be motivated to go to bed and have a proper sleep. Here are a few tips that can help your child build a better sleep schedule.
- Create a strict schedule and make your child obey that routine. Plan out at least 10 hours of the day where children are sound asleep.
- Make the room feel cozy and comfy. Dim the lights, turn off the screens and noises. Give the child a feeling that it is time to doze off.
- Be ready with some bedtime stories. Read these stories to your baby with a soft consistent pitch and see the magic!
- Make sure they utilize their energy with enough physical activities. When the body is tired, the baby will be motivated to sleep.
- Give them a proper healthy diet. When the little bellies are full, babies usually love to take their nap to another level.