How can sleep help him during the day?
A good night’s sleep is important for children at every age, but especially during the preschool years when children are learning early reading, math, and play skills that are important for transitioning to kindergarten. When your little one is sleeping, his brain is preparing him for the next day. Preschoolers who sleep the recommended 11-14 hours per night and have other healthy sleep habits, such as a consistent bedtime routine, tend to behave better during the day and are able to pay attention better than other young children who do not get enough sleep or who have poor quality sleep. Think about how you feel after a bad night’s sleep! Now, imagine how difficult it may be for your preschooler when he has a rough night, especially since he is probably still learning some of the basics. For instance, most young children are still learning things like how to stay calm, express themselves, pay attention, follow directions or a routine, stick to a task, and interact with those around them. These are all very important skills in the early years, and your child can likely do them better after a good night’s sleep.About Dr. Ariel Williamson