Did you know that 30-40% of children are not getting enough sleep?
On average, children need 10-12 hours of sleep each night to support their physical, cognitive, and emotional development. Here’s why:
- Physical growth & development: During sleep, the body releases growth hormones that are essential for physical growth and development of bones, muscles & other tissues in the body. Adequate sleep is essential to reach their full physical potential & maintain a healthy weight!
- Cognitive Development: During sleep, the brain consolidates & processes new information & experiences. Having adequate sleep is essential for learning, memory formation, problem solving skills & increase in their focus and attention.
- Emotional Regulation: During sleep, the body produces & releases important hormones such as serotonin, dopamine & cortisols. Adequate sleep helps with regulating their moods, emotions & behavior. While sleep deprivation can lead to mood swings, irritability, and difficulty regulating emotions and behavior.
- Immune Function: Sleep is especially important for immune function because their immune systems are still developing. Adequate sleep helps to ensure that children's immune systems are functioning properly and are able to fight off infections and illnesses.
Sleep is important for both adults and children, but it is especially crucial for children's growth and development.