Does your child have any of the following? Behavioural problems, poor concentration in the day, low energy, poor sleep, low immunity, cravings for sugars, cravings for junk food, Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder, stunted growth, irritability, low mood or mood swings? Rather long list of problems in children that can be triggered or made worse by a lack of sleep.
Lack of sleep can also cause a host of problems for adults – but children need more sleep. The precise amount of sleep needed varies not only with the age of the child or adolescent but also with growth spurts and individuality. Roughly 12 hours a night sleep a night is needed for most children and 9-10 hours a night for most adolescents.
Sleep, alongside excellent nutrition, exercise, shelter, warmth and love is vital for health.
Television, DVD’s, computer and mobile phones are stimulating and not only keep children awake longer but affect the quality of sleep so should be avoided before bedtime.
A wind-down routine an hour before bed is a great help to children and adults alike. This sends a message to the subconscious that it is time to sleep. For younger children a quiet play, bath, a bedtime story, and prayer time are often used. For older children and adults with significant sleep problems a bedtime Epsom Salts bath is a great way to relax; use about 2 large cups in the bath. The magnesium in the Epsom Salts is absorbed through the skin, helping both mental and physical relaxation. Never drink the Epsom Salts. Entire Food State Magnesium can be taken as a supplement if children are very restless during the night. Chamomile tea is a lovely soothing relaxing bedtime drink children can have; just don’t add any sugar or honey.
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Original Article June 2012
Copyright Jaine Kirtley