I noticed a trend lately. The topic of children and sleep has bubbled to the surface in print, social media and recent conversations with parents. I’m not sure, if as a society, we are more aware of the benefits of sleep or if this is by chance. After reading articles and research, one thing is for sure…sleep is very important to a child’s social, emotional and academic development.
Last year, the Washington Post published an article citing studies that suggest a strong link between the length, timing and quality of sleep with behaviors. Evidence also suggests a growing number of children suffer from insufficient sleep, insomnia, and obstructed breathing. “As a result, they fall asleep later and get less sleep overall, with consequences for other body processes,” stated Ariana Eunjung Cha, the author of the article. “When the body’s natural rhythms are disturbed, it can lead... [ Continue Reading ]