Why No One Talks About Sleeping Anymore

Why Your Kid Need Really Needs His Sleep Getting your kid in bed early is not just an issue of setting a routine or teaching discipline. Based on research, sleep can make kids healthier both in body and mind. Growth Booster Yes, our parents were right when they said we had to sleep in order to grow. Sleep is when the growth hormone is mostly secreted. Nature takes care of babies, making sure they sleep at least 50% of their time so they can grow adequately. According to researchers, children who have low growth hormone levels usually sleep less deeply than average kids do.

Healthier Heart

Experts are proving more and more that sleep prevents vascular problems in kids due to circulating stress hormones as well as arterial wall-toxic cholesterol. When a child has a sleep disorder, he experiences excessive brain arousal when he’s actually asleep, and this elicits the fight of flight response hundreds of times within a night. Cortisol, the stress hormone, and glucose levels are heightened throughout the time. Both are associated with increased obesity, diabetes and heart disease risks. Weight Regulation There is also a direct effect of sleep on weight. More proof has been found to establish that minimal sleep causes obesity, starting in the infancy stage. When we’ve eaten enough to be satiated, our fat cells make create leptin, a hormone that tells us to stop eating. Lack of sleep can cause the hormone to malfunction, and kids may continue to eat even if they’re full. Research also says that worn out kids have eating habits different from well-rested ones. Kids, like adults, also crave high-carb or high-fat foods when they’re feeling tired. And when children are tired, they tend to be more sedentary, thus burning less calories. Battling Infections Sleep has an important role in fighting off infections. When a person is asleep, he produces cytokines, which are basically proteins that fight off illness and stress. With little sleep, a child will have few cytokines at his disposal. This goes for everyone regardless of age, and this is why adults who get less than seven hours nightly are three times more likely to get sick because of a cold virus, compared to those who get at least eight hours. Although the data is not enough for young kids, teenagers have been shown to be less susceptible to illness if they slept enough each night. Injury Control Yes, even the risk of a child getting injured can be affect by sleep. Kids tend to become clumsier and more impulsive when they don’t sleep enough, and this opens them up for accidents. A research into Chinese children showed that those who slept less than nine hours a night needed medical attention for injuries more frequently. Increased Attention Span Finally, research shows that in school age kids, an extra 27 minutes of sleep each night enables them to better manage their moods and impulses to the effect that they can do better at school. In kids with ADHD, it was also found that they were more vulnerable to the negative effects of inadequate sleep.

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