Is Your Child Sleeping Enough?

One of the greatest concerns that most parents have with their children is their sleeping pattern. Some parents insist that their children are sleeping enough, but others believe their child isn’t sleeping enough. Some articles and blog posts recommend that children need to sleep a certain number of hours each night. Sadly, there’s really no magic number to this. Some children get by fine with around 9 hours of sleep a night, other children need around 12 and some seem to do good with just 7. While it’s never recommended for your child to sleep less than 7 hours a night (a number that is regularly given to adults as well) it’s not as simple as telling your child to go to sleep then setting an alarm. So to help decide if your children are getting enough sleep, let’s take a look at these tips and considerations that will make you a more responsible parent.

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Your​ ​Child​ ​Is​ ​Showing​ ​Signs​ ​of​ ​Frustration​ ​or​ ​Annoyance

This is one of the common signs that your child isn’t getting enough sleep. If you find that they are whining on a regular basis or are incredibly fussy, then perhaps an hour or two of sleep will help. However, sometimes it’s not just the amount of sleep that’s important, but also the quality of sleep. Take a look at your child’s bed and consider switching to Cuckoolands single beds for kids. They’re far more comfortable than regular cheap beds you can get with a rented home or
cheap furniture store, and they’re usually better (although less practical and space-saving) than bunk beds.

A​ ​Lack​ ​of​ ​Focus​ ​or​ ​Interest​ ​in​ ​Studies​ ​and​ ​Hobbies

Another clear sign of your child not getting enough sleep is a decreased interest in things they
used to love and trouble concentrating. This is more apparent in preteens and teenagers, but you can spot this early when your child first starts to study or attend school. If your child is having trouble concentrating on their studies, then it could also mean they’re being distracted by something. You can try to remedy this by looking at your home. If your child doesn’t have a quiet and peaceful place to study, then it’s going to distract them and prevent them from learning. Try to stay positive when you help them with their studies, and if you’re still worried, then consider having your child’s vision and hearing tested to ensure there are no underlying
issues that are preventing your child from focusing.

Need​ ​to​ ​Be​ ​Woken​ ​up​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Morning

It’s normal to wake your children up for school, but it’s important to remember that they should be developing their own sense of an internal clock when they reach their teenage stages. They need to learn how to wake up on their own as well, so make sure you encourage this behaviour by helping them set alarms on their smartphones and preparing for bed earlier. Make sure they take a nice warm bath or shower before bed, make sure they don’t eat late at night and deny them access to computers and laptops roughly two hours before bed to let their eyes relax.

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