Sleep is more important than you may think. Can you think of a time when your child didn't get enough sleep and it reflected in their behavior? You know the feeling: that heavy, groggy feeling is awful and, when you feel that way, you're not at your best. We are going to give the facts as to why sleep is so important in the fall for children, and how you can help!
Why You Need Sleep
The average kid has a busy day. There's school, taking care of your pets, running around with friends, going to sports practice or other activities, and doing your homework. By the end of the day, your body needs a break. Sleep allows your body to rest for the next day.
Everything that's alive needs sleep to survive. Even your dog or cat curls up for naps. Animals sleep for the same reason you do — to give your body a tiny vacation.
Your Brain Needs Zzzzzs
The body and brain need sleep. Though no one is exactly sure what work the brain does when you're sleeping, some scientists think that the brain sorts through and stores information, replaces chemicals, and solves problems while you snooze.
Most kids between 5 and 12 get about 9.5 hours a night, but experts agree that most need 10 or 11 hours each night. Sleep is an individual thing and some kids need more than others.
When your body doesn't have enough hours to rest, you may feel tired or cranky, or you may be unable to think clearly. You might have a hard time following directions, or you might have an argument with a friend over something really stupid. A school assignment that's normally easy may feel impossible, or you may feel clumsy playing your favorite sport or instrument.
One more reason to get enough sleep: If you don't, you may not grow as well. That's right, researchers believe too little sleep can affect growth and your immune system — which keeps you from getting sick.
What's The Big Deal About Autumn Sleep Schedules?
Glad you asked! Not only do the days get shorter, nights get longer, and the weather chillier… on average, a person sleeps 2.7 hours more a night in October than any other month of the year. This is mostly due to the lack of sunlight and shorter days, studies show. So take advantage of this window for extra z’s and let the kiddos sleep!
If your child is sleeping restlessly, it may be due to lack of a proper mattress. Please visit one of our nearby locations to find the perfect fit for your sleepy child, and watch the extra sleep start to help!