Did you know the average person can go 2 weeks without water but only 10 days without sleep?!?
Adequate sleep duration on a regular basis leads to improved attention, behavior, learning, emotional regulation, quality of life, mental and physical health.
Determining the cause of not sleeping well can be tricky. Things like bad dreams, emotional upset, breathing problems, stomach pain, medical conditions, and behavioral problems may be the cause.
Not getting enough sleep each night is linked to increased injuries, hypertension, obesity, and depression.
If you are worried your child may have a sleeping problem, try keeping a sleeping diary. This tool can include things like bedtime and wake up time, number of night time awakenings, naps, perception of sleep, snoring, and degree of alertness during the day. This will really help when you visit your child’s doctor or friendly Hawaii Keiki APRN with your concerns.
Tips for sleeping well
- Exercise daily – just not right before bed
- Eat nutritious foods
- Finish eating 2-3 hours before bed
- Limit screen time – especially right before bed
- Stick to a consistent routine including set bedtime, set waking time, oral care (brushing teeth, flossing), and reading
- Don’t drink caffeine – no coffee, soda, tea, or chocolate 6 hours before bed
- Don’t give your child over-the-counter medications to help them sleep
- Don’t fall asleep with the TV on
- Don’t drink a ton of water prior to bed
- Don’t send your child to bed with a bottle or juice
Fun Sleep Facts
You can only dream about faces you’ve already seen. 12% of people dream in black and white. The average person spends 6 years of their life dreaming. And if you are snoring, you’re not dreaming!
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