Most children just love to sleep. Often when they get to a teenager its hard to wake them. However, from time to time these sleep pattersns are interrupted. For some children sleep has always been an issue. This can be for many reasons. Some of which may not always be that obvious. Maybe too many things on their mind, anxiety creeping in, worries or concerns not quite dealt with, body clock engaging too early, habitual behaviour or irrational thoughts. There are numerous reasons that can be getting in the way of a healthy sleep pattern for your child.
When children sleep, they have the chance to rest from their busy day at schoold, home or socially and gain energy for the following day. But sleep does more than you may think. Because when they dream, children process all the events of their daily life. Sleep is also important in laying down long-term memories.
If children experience a night without enough sleep, they can feel exhausted and become irritable at home or school. But after a good night's sleep, they feel rested, refreshed and full of energy and able to concentrate more easily. The lack of sleep can really impact on achilds ability to do well at school or otherwise.
No wonder that it's so important fror you that your child sleeps soundly through the night. It can have a great influence over the entire family's life and wellbeing and that of school attainment and friends alike.
How much sleep does your child really need?
Sleep is important for a child's wellbeing, educational attainment and good mental health.At night, the body produces more of the hormone that stimulates growth. So, sleep is important for your child's physical development as well.Newborn babies can sleep up to 16 hours per day (waking every 2 or 3 hours to feed).From around four months old, babies often start to sleep for longer periods of time.From six months old and up to one year, they often sleep five to six hours continuously Children between one year and five years old sleep around 12 hours each day.Children from five to six years old sleep about 10 hours each day.
It's important to remember that each child's sleeping pattern is different. If a child is one year old and sleeps 10 hours each day, it's perfectly OK, as long as the child is happy and healthy.
Before parents start to worry about the amount of time their child sleeps, it's a good idea to look at the sleeping patterns of other family members. There may be a connection.
Hypnotherapy can support your child to sleep soundly and peacefully all night long.