What are some of the benefits for my child of getting enough sleep?
Sleep affects just about every aspect of a child’s well-being. For example, it affects mood, cognitive functioning, behavior, and health. On days that your baby does not get enough sleep she is more likely to be cranky and irritable. She also may get frustrated more easily and have a harder time paying attention. Memory is clearly affected by sleep, as memory consolidation is a key thing that happens when we sleep. Babies who do not get enough sleep are more likely to be overly quiet and withdrawn. Older children are also more likely to become “overactive,” having a hard time regulating their behavior and sitting still. In terms of health, there is no question that there is a link between sleep and obesity, but studies also show in adults that not getting enough sleep is related to heart disease, diabetes, immune function (yup, you really are likely to get a cold or flu if you do not get enough sleep), and have accidental injuries.