Any parent knows that when your child is asleep, it’s awesome. Suddenly, it’s quiet, and you have a moment for yourself. But did you know, that there are some other reasons why your child’s sleep is good for everyone?
Research from the University of Melbourne (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics) has tracked sleep problems in Australian children over 10 years and the findings are striking.
The core findings of the study show that inadequate sleep is associated with internalised social and emotional difficulties, and externalised behavioural and hyperactivity problems, and was particularly evident at the age that children enter primary education.
According to the study, as children grew older, the link between behaviour and lack of sleep remained strong.
As previous research has demonstrated, the requirement for healthy brain development in children requires more sleep than an adult, with around 10 hours a minimum for primary school aged children.
This new research clearly identifying a link between behaviour, and behavioural development in children and teenagers adds new weight to the importance of sleep.
Parents may feel that they are in a constant battle to send their little ones off to bed. Research continues to show the importance of good sleep for development. Good bedtime routines are one way to simplify the process of getting off to bed, and creating those habits early is important.
As more and more research shines light on the vital role that sleep plays, we are continuing to look at not just the quantity of sleep, but the quality of sleep, and how children’s bedding, particularly mattresses, are part of that quality sleep in the physical and mental development of all children.
This just goes to show, a good night’s sleep is good for the whole family.