• Martha Lewis

Is your child rested and ready to learn?

Did you know?

"Children who sleep less than 11 hours per night score lower on all kinds of school tests, including math and literacy." (SLEEP Abstract #0040 San Antonio, 2010.)

Does your child sleep 11 hours at night? Is she able to learn to the best of her ability? 

I never knew how important sleep is for kiddos until I studied sleep. Now I am so thankful my son didn't sleep well as a baby. I have learned so much about sleep, including the reasons why he needs to sleep well. As a nutritionist, I know how important nourishing food is for babies. But I didn’t know much about sleep except that Parker and I weren’t getting it!

It turns out that there’s a purpose to sleep. Even though we still aren’t sure of all the reasons we need sleep. But we do know that our brains grow when we sleep. Neurons are reinforced and memories are made. The connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain are made which maximizes learning, memory and creativity in adulthood. If our children aren't sleeping well, they aren't learning well either.

A study in 2007 concluded that a child who sleeps less than 10 hours a night in early childhood is more likely to be hyperactive and have lower cognitive performance at age 6. In other words, your baby needs to sleep well to learn well when he goes to school a few years later.

As Ronald E. Dahl concludes, “Broadly speaking, it might be argued that the most fundamental requirements for healthy growth and development in young children include a) loving support and protection by parents/caretakers, b) adequate nutrition, and c) adequate sleep.” Most parents wouldn’t let their children go without healthy food, but many parents don’t prioritize sleep for their children. I agree with Dahl: sleep is an important as healthy food and love!

Summer is amazing! But it's easy to get out of a sleep schedule and routine for your kids. Now that school is starting soon, it's time to for them to get the sleep they need. If your want help with your child's sleep, you can book a free 15-minute call with me to talk about some possible solutions.

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Martha Lewis, MS

Jackson Hole, WY



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