We eat to stay strong. We drink to stay hydrated. We bathe to stay clean. And in the same way, we sleep to stay healthy. Yes! Sleep plays a very important role in our lives. When the phone runs out of juice, we charge it, and in the same way, when our bodies run out of energy, we sleep!
When it comes to toddlers/infants, sleep is a very important part of their routine. It is imperative to ensure that they sleep on time and that they get enough of it. However, anyone who has been around kids knows just how exacting it is to get kids to sleep!
But, there’s no giving up, adults!
Sleep (for them) does not only mean that you can get enough rest time; it also ensures that your kid grows well, has the energy to stay active and is well rested, in general. When we sleep, we don’t only mean a good night’s sleep but also shorter afternoon naps that play an important role in resting a growing child’s muscles and nerves. However, with hectic social/work lives it isn’t possible to always ensure these diktats. Nonetheless, we at The Learning Curve believe that nap time = dream time and no kid should be deprived of it.
1) Sleep Promotes Growth:
You must have had a morning where you have seen your child and realized they have grown bigger overnight! It’s because growth hormones are secreted during one’s nap time. And that’s why, 50% of the times toddlers/growing kids sleep in a very deep sleep. This time is growth time that is laid down by Mother Nature herself. Not to reiterate, that sleep time is imperative for your child.
2) Healthy Heart:
Studies have mentioned that sleep decreases cardiovascular damages. When kids are asleep, the stress levels drop, the body copes with energy drainage and blood circulates around the body healing the parts that need healing. In fact, studies have suggested that lack of sleep can trigger diseases like diabetes, obesity and heart ailments.
3) Body Weight:
The evidence between being overweight and sleep deprivation is growing! Obesity amongst the kids has become a growing concern because staying up late has become a fad, of sorts. With too little sleep, the hormone which lets the body know “it’s time to stop eating” gets messed up. Therefore, keep tabs on your child’s sleep patterns and that will ensure their food patterns stay on-course.
4) Increased Attention:
Lack of sleep makes kids tired. And tired kids tend to be hyperactive and are distracted easily. A good sleep helps one cope with the stresses of the day and prepares your child’s body for the next day. A well-rested child is more attentive than the one who is sleep deprived. Sleep helps to manage the moods & impulses and that helps one focus on activities better.
5) Beats Germs:
Sleep produces proteins which the body uses to fight illnesses. These proteins are vital for the body as they help fight infection, illness, and stress. Too little sleep impacts the creation of these proteins and the body becomes susceptible to all kinds of diseases. To stay healthy, sleep better!
Every “body” needs a time-out, a time to recover. And all that recovery happens during nap-time. After an intense session of play-time and study-time, the brain needs to calm down, and that happens when the child is tucked in bed and fast asleep. For all the above mentioned reasons, following a sleep pattern is crucial and you must get your child on one today!