it really important to fit in that afternoon nap even if the
child doesn't want it?
happens when kids don't get the recommended amount of sleep?
are just some questions that parents, new and "experienced"
ones alike, want answered.
child is different. Therefore, what might help one child's
sleep habits might not make a wink of difference to another.
The solution to common sleep difficulties
may all come down to getting to know your child and their
particular sleep habits. For example, a preschool teacher
can require a nap time which might work just fine
for little Suzy, but may keep little Johnny up for two extra
hours after his regular bedtime. So don't be shy about discussing
your preschooler's sleep habits with teachers or other caretakers.
They will be glad you did.
importance of a good night's sleep
At night, make it easier on yourself and your child, say the experts, by planning for a regular routine and pleasant kids bedtime ritual. Allow kids to have some control over bedtime by letting them choose a favorite book to read before sleep, or by giving them a say on their favorite cartoon theme sheets or other bedding that make sleeptime fun.
deprived children (as well as adults) have more trouble controlling
their emotions, this means that for kids especially not getting enough
sleep can lead to trouble
with paying attention in school as well as difficulties with learning and behavior.
Kids' sleep disorders
apnea in adults is more prevalent, 50,000 children and
toddlers in the US alone are estimated to suffer from childhood
sleep apnea that effects kids breathing patterns while
asleep. Symptoms include excessive snoring, wheezing or restlessness.
Some childhood experts the condition say may be simply remedied
by encouraging infants and toddlers to sleep on their tummies,
although continuing symptoms in older children and teens might
warrant a trip to the doctor for evaluation and treatment.
kids' sleep disorders may be caused by asthma,
food or environmental allergies,
or constant disruption of regular sleep cycles.