Not enough sleep… The impact it has on your child and what you can do

We all know that sleep is important for children – but chances are, you might not know just how vital getting a healthy night’s sleep can be. Scientists have established that just like a healthy diet and exercise, sleep is critical for children to stay healthy, grow, learn, do well in school, and function at their best.

Studies have shown that the main impacts of poor sleep among children and adolescents include behaviour problems, impaired learning and school performance, mood and emotion problems, and poor health.

It has been found that it’s not just the amount of sleep but the quality of sleep that your children are getting that is vital. Young children can be deceptively hyperactive due to insufficient sleep or because of a sleep disorder.

So what is enough sleep?

It depends on your child’s age and other personal characteristics but according to the Nemours Foundation, which specialises in children’s health issues, a 3-month old will sleep an average of 15 hours a day. This gradually decreases as you child grows older. Below we’ve included a rough guideline from the Nemours Foundation, but please remember, these are not hard and fast rules. Some children need more or less sleep than others their age.

• From 6 to 12 months, an infant may nap about 3 hours during the day and sleep up to 11 hours at night.
• From ages 1 to 3, toddlers average about 10 to 13 hours of sleep per day.
• Pre-schoolers sleep about 10 to 12 hours per night.
• Children aged 6 to 9 need about 10 hours of sleep a night.
• Teens need about 8 to 9.5 hours of sleep per night.

How can I tell if my child is sleep deprived?

The telltale signs your child is sleep deprived can include grumpiness, a tendency to throw tantrums or hyperactivity. These could all signal that your child isn’t getting enough sleep. With some children, though, the behavioural signs are subtler. If your child seems even-tempered but has trouble waking every morning, sleeps in whenever they have the chance, or falls asleep in the afternoon, they probably need more sleep. Some kids fall asleep every time they get in the car or whenever they sit down to watch TV. Others can’t even wait for an appropriate venue. In a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, 15 percent of kids reported falling asleep at school.

How can I get my child to bed earlier?

If your child doesn’t already have a bedtime routine make sure you establish one. Choose a time close to the hour that they regularly fall asleep now. Ensure that bedtime is relaxing and a way for their body to slow down and prepare to sleep. A bath, a story, no screen time at least 1 hour before bed and some quiet time with you. These will all become signals for your child that the day has ended. Once you have the routine down you can slowly move it up a few minutes every evening until they go to bed at a reasonable hour and are waking easily in the morning.

Why use Glow Dreaming?

Parenting isn’t easy and although we always want the best for our children, things don’t always go to plan. This can especially be true around bedtime. Glow Dreaming is a proven tool that lets parents take back control of the bedtime situation by calming the child, making them drowsy and ensuring they fall asleep quickly and effectively.

Glow Dreaming is the only product that utilises such a broad range of technologies and scientific methods to get results. Red LED light spectrum technology helps calm the child to induce Melatonin production and fight the negative effects of blue light that comes from kids screen time and the exposure that regular lighting has on their internal clocks. Glow Dreaming uses only organic medicinal grade essential oils which have been especially formulated with ingredient’s that have been proven to induce drowsiness and help children get a much deeper sleep. The inbuilt humidifier helps improve room comfort and breathing during sleep. Humidifiers have been proven to be especially helpful for children with asthma, sleep apnoea and skin issues like psoriasis. Glow Dreaming also incorporates pink noise which has been a long proven tool to help children relax and fall asleep.

Life is getting increasingly complicated, faster and busier and sometimes parents need help. That’s where Glow Dreaming comes in. If your child has sleep issues Glow Dreaming will finally bring sleep to the ones that need it most.