The importance of sleep for children

Unlike adults who only sleep 8 hours a day but with infants it takes more time, children spend most of their time sleeping. Sleep is as important as eating and drinking water every day, a deep sleep is the need for mental and physical development for the baby.

The importance of sleep for children

The role of sleep in young children

Scientific studies have shown that growth hormone will produce four times as much  sleep  as it does when awake. Sleep is when the brain recharges energy, a deep sleep that improves memory, alertness, intelligence, concentration and learning ability in children.

As a rule, when children go to sleep growth hormone new birth, about 1 hour after sleep hormone will peak, usually from 22h to 1h. Therefore, if the child does not sleep on time will miss the time of growth hormone secrete the most and affect the growth of children.

Sleep is important for children
Depending on the age of the baby sleep time will vary, sometimes up to 16 hours / day. To know the exact number of hours the baby sleeps, the mother must determine the age of the child, the mother can refer to the baby sleep time table:

Age Hours of sleep during the day Hours of sleep at night Total sleep time
1 week 8 o’clock 8 hours 30 minutes 16 hours 30 minutes
1 month 7 o’clock 8 hours 30 minutes 15 hours 30 minutes
3 months 5 hours 10 o’clock 15 hours
6 months 3 hours and 15 minutes 11 o’clock 14 hours 15 minutes
9 months 3 o’clock 11 o’clock 14 hours
12 months 2 hours 15 minutes 11 hours 30 minutes 13 hours 45 minutes

Some factors make it difficult for the mother to overcome:

– Do hungry children, sleep habits, wet diapers, light, noise … For older children than the family can not schedule the time for her baby to sleep from 9 pm, due to fear or overjoyed many activities, changing living environment, …

– Young children who sleep, cry, wake up and fall asleep due to  lack of vitamin D , vitamin D will help children absorb calcium and phosphorus into the blood to help balance calcium between the nervous and peripheral nervous system. The conversion of tryptophan to melatonin (a substance that slows down the neurotransmitter, relaxes the brain, produces deep sleep). Therefore, children will sleep better and deeper. If children often have trouble sleeping, crying plus other symptoms such as sweating, hair loss, loss of appetite, slow motion, slow growth … then prove children are  Vitamin D deficiency .

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You see, sleep is very important, it affects the development of children, so make sure your child has a good night sleep.

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