Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 12:00 AM
Preschoolers that get the right amount of sleep are less irritable and have better attention spans.
Did you know that Centers for Disease Control recommend 4-5 year olds get 11-12 hours of sleep every night?
If you didn't, you aren't alone.
Lack of sleep isn't just an adult issue. Most children don't get enough sleep either. This can cause a lot of problems for their growing minds and bodies.
• Mood disturbance
• Daytime sleepiness
• Long-term lack of sleep can eventually lead to early dementia and loss of memory.
If your preschooler has any of these symptoms, they might benefit from a little extra sleep.
Dr. Manganaris of Pulmonary and Sleep Associates of Marshall County knows that getting a preschooler to sleep is no small task. So, he put together a list of tips to help you out.
Having a regular sleep schedule keeps their internal clocks set and reinforces a consistent sleep rhythm.
That way their bodies tired by bedtime.
A grumbly tummy will make it hard to fall asleep.
So when it comes time to go to sleep, their minds are relaxed.
Knowing what comes next is comforting, plus after a while it conditions their bodies to become sleepy during the routine.
Light from electronics can get children's sleep hormones out of whack.
The bedroom should be a comforting space.
If you've tried everything and still have trouble getting your preschooler to sleep, they could have a sleep disorder. Visit Marshall Medical's Sleep Disorders Center for more information on sleep disorders and an at home assessment. Or contact them at (256) 894-6850 to set up a consultation—no physician referral is required.