Kids are busy. With homework, sports, social activities and with so many digital distractions, it’s difficult for them to get the rest they need for proper mental and physical development. 5210+10, a pediatric obesity prevention program supported locally by Kohl's Cares, recommends at least 10 hours of sleep for children each night.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep problems and disorders are most common in school-aged children. “Poor or inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral problems such as ADHD, and cognitive problems that impact their ability to learn in school.” Dr. Denise Sellers, clinical psychologist at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, says sleep is especially critical during testing weeks.
Here are some tips she’s shared to help your child get a better night’s sleep:
If your child has continued difficulty falling or staying asleep, don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician for help. Sleep well!