How important is sleep for your grandchildren? Part 1
You probably know the answer to this question. Sleep is very important to the physical health and mental wellbeing of adults and children alike.
But, are your grandchildren getting enough sleep? And, if not, what are some of the consequences?
Research is now proving what grandparents and many parents knew all along – sleep is important, very important!
Sleep is important for learning
Children who get less sleep, are less smart than their peers who are getting a lot of sleep.
They don’t perform as well in school, and their behavior is worse.
They are slow to learn, their memories less reliable, and interestingly, their reaction times are slower.
In fact, research has proven that losing two hours of sleep over three days sets children back two years.
Sleep keeps a child attentive
When a child is tired it is difficult for them to hold their attention on to anything. This not only affects their progress at school, but at home and while playing sports.
A child who has not had enough sleep is easily distracted, and can often be disruptive.
Sleep helps keep children in shape
Did you know that children who don’t get enough sleep tend to become fatter as they grow?
This is because sleep affects a lot of physiological and hormonal processes. One such one is the body’s ability to store fat and burn calories.
Research is indicating that children who don’t sleep enough will grow into obese adults. While children who sleep well are healthier overall.