Why getting a good night’s sleep is like a superpower for the whole family
Getting a good night’s sleep may be one of the first things to fall off your radar given the competing demands of a busy family life.
But sleeping well is a game changer for children and youth. It supports their mental and physical health, and allows young minds and bodies to develop and function properly.
Children who get a good night’s sleep feel more energized during the day, tend to learn better, concentrate on tasks for longer, and be more creative. A well-rested mind is better able to make positive decisions, problem solve, and manage stress. Not only that, our bodies can get an immune system boost from regular, restful sleep that can ward off illness.
If your child has trouble sleeping, or your teen gets to bed late, the consequences can add up. Lack of sleep can make children more irritable, experience mood changes, and struggle at school.
Here are some practical strategies to help your family get the rest you need.
Answers from Sleep Experts
At night, the brain naturally produces melatonin, a hormone that helps you sleep. The glow from electronic screens can confuse the brain and stop that process - the blue light actually tricks the body into thinking it’s daytime.
Children and youth using these devices at night get so much stimulation, their minds keep turning, preventing them from feeling tired.
Powering down devices early in the evening will help your child wind down and enjoy a better sleep. Read more tips for managing screen time at bedtime.
Reality: Ever wonder why teenagers tend to stay up late and sleep in on weekends? Young people experience changes to their natural sleep cycle as they age, usually with the onset of puberty.
Teenager’s biological clocks naturally shift (hardwired) towards staying up later and waking up later. Although their bedtime may shift to later, it’s still important to keep to a regular sleep and wake time.