Sleep deprivation in children

An eye-opening estimated 70% of children are not getting enough quality sleep. Sleep serves a critical role in overall health and well-being and gives your body the rest it needs, allowing it to recuperate for the next day. While we are awake, our minds are barraged with input from the 5 senses. Sleep gives the brain the time it needs to sort through and store information. Here are a few useful tips to get your children to sleep on time.

- Observe baby's sleep patterns and identify signs of sleepiness.
- Put your baby in the crib when drowsy, before they fall asleep.
- Place your baby to sleep on their back with face clear of blankets and other soft items.

- Develop regular daytime and bedtime schedules.
- Create a consistent and enjoyable bedtime routine, such as reading to them or singing before bed
- Make their space a "sleep friendly" environment with soft lighting.

- Maintain a sleep schedule and consistent bedtime routine.
- Make the bedroom environment the same every night, without much change.
- Encourage use of a “sleep pal�? such as a blanket or stuffed animal.

- Have a relaxing bedtime routine that ends in the room where the child sleeps.
- Child should sleep in the same sleeping environment every night, in a room that is cool, quiet and dark, without a TV.

School-age children
- Teach them about healthy sleep habits and why sleep is important.
- Make child's bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet.
- Avoid caffeine and sugary food and drink.
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