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Dr. Christopher Manganaris, children's sleep needs
Pulmonologist Dr. Christopher Manganaris provided simple but effective tips to help children get enough sleep.

Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 08:00 AM

Eight tips to help kids get enough sleep

Kids cranky? Dr. Chris Manganaris explains they're probably not getting enough sleep, and what to do about it.

If you’ve ever seen an irritable preschooler and muttered, ‘Somebody needs a nap,’ you were probably exactly right. 

A sleep doctor warned parents that young children who don’t get the recommended 10-13 hours of sleep each night will be moody with a shorter attention span and poor memory consolidation. 

“Those are three essential purposes of our daily routines that sleep really helps with,” said Dr. Christopher Manganaris of Pulmonary and Sleep Associates of Marshall County. 

Marshall Medical sponsored a breakfast for about 30 parents of Albertville preschoolers. Dr. Manganaris urged them to get their children in bed early each night. With four children of his own, he acknowledged it is not easy but he shared some tried and true tips. 

Children should:
• keep the same bedtime schedule seven days a week
• get 30 minutes of exercise daily
• eat a snack about an hour before bed
• have one hour of quiet time before bed
• have no caffeine after 2 pm
• have no TV, phone or computer in their bedroom
• not be sent to their bedroom as punishment
• get a hug before bed

Adults also should get a healthy amount of sleep in order to be able to care for their children. Lack of sleep can wreck your health, and cause:
• hypertension
• heart disease
• diabetes
• stroke
• heart arrhythmia
• early onset dementia

“Anything less than six hours is considered sleep deprivation,” Dr. Manganaris said. 

Marshall Medical offers a wide range of services for sleep-related problems, with more information available here -