How Sleep Affects Your Child's Health
There is no denying the importance of a good night’s sleep to a child’s health and growth. It can affect your child’s happiness, mood, and ability to learn. It promotes alertness, memory and performance. Children who get enough sleep are more likely to function better and are less prone to behavioral problems. When a child is well rested mood swings are diminished. It is very important for children to develop good sleep habits at an early age.
Getting enough sleep is essential to good health and well-being. Many hormones are secreted during sleep, affecting growth, energy, metabolism and endocrine functions. Although sleep needs vary from child to child, the following is a general guideline for how much sleep your child needs in a 24-hour period. 1-3 year olds require 12-14 hours, 3-5 year olds require 11-13 hours, and 5-12 year olds require 10-11 hours.