Sleep is such an important, and sometimes overlooked, aspect of maintaining the health of an individual. While this is true of all people, sleep is even more crucial to a child who is rapidly growing and developing. At these young ages, there are plenty of reasons why sleep should be a top priority for your child. Here are some of the key reasons:
1. Promotes Growth
Sleeping undoubtedly promotes your child’s healthy growth. During sleep, particularly deep sleep, the growth hormone in their body is secreted. It’s no surprise why babies spend about half of their time in this deep sleep, which is essential for adequate growth.
2. Heart Health
Studies have shown how sleep protects kids from vascular damage. One sleep specialist claims, “Children with sleep disorders have excessive brain arousal during sleep, which can trigger the fight-or-flight response hundreds of times each night.” This causes blood glucose and cortisol levels to remain elevated, both of which are linked to diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
3. Weight Issues
More and more evidence is beginning to show how too little sleep causes kids to become overweight. Sleep deprivation can impact the hormone leptin, which is used to tell your body you’ve eaten enough for one sitting. These kids then end up eating way more than they should, because their body never tells them to stop.
4. Immune Strength
During sleep, children also produce proteins known as cytokines, which is used in the body to fight infection, stress, and illness. When children aren’t getting enough sleep, this results in less cytokines in the body. The numbers hold true for adults as well, with those getting fewer than seven hours per night becoming three times more likely to develop a cold.
5. Injury Risk
When children don’t get the sufficient amount of sleep they need, they become clumsy and more impulsive. This change in demeanor is a big risk factor for future injuries. Serious injuries will certainly cause even more troubles with sleep, so you’ll want to avoid this detrimental cycle at all costs.
You may not be able to see anything going on while your child is sleeping, but your baby’s brain is busy all night long. Studies have shown that newborns actually learn in their sleep. Also, restful nights of sleep and even short naps throughout the day have a positive effect on learning, memory, and concentration.
Written by Cindy Perry, Inventor of the pello, Luxe Floor Pillows
Cindy, a Texas girl, put herself through college working at a children’s library and sewing at night. When she met her husband and had her two boys, she decided to stay home to care for them while designing window treatments and bedding.
When Cindy’s first son was learning to sit up, he would always fall through the pillows she set around him, hit his head, and cry. Besides, setting her child down on the hardwood floors on just a blanket always seemed so cold. Using her years of sewing and design skills, Cindy took inspiration from a woman in her breastfeeding class and got to work. With some scrap fabric and a few tweaks, pello was born! pello is a luxe floor pillow that helps children feel safe, warm and protected.
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