|In this issue: Healthy sleep habits for children|
As a healthcare provider, you’re likely no stranger to the effects sleep has on childhood health and development. New studies are released regularly, touting the correlation between poor sleep and social-emotional and cognitive problems, poor academic achievement and obesity.
It is during sleep that energy is restored, tissues grow and repair, and hormones are released for growth and development. Yet most experts agree kids aren’t getting enough sleep. In fact, studies show between 25 percent and 50 percent of preschoolers fall short of recommended sleep, and children ages 5 through 12 are getting 30 to 90 minutes less sleep than what’s recommended. To combat this problem, here are some tips you can share with parents and caregivers to establish healthy sleep habits for their children.
Tips for healthy sleep habits
A well-rested child makes for a happier, healthier child. Share these healthy sleep habits with your patients to promote a better nights’ sleep for all.
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