Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tip #29: Make Sure Your Child is Getting Enough Sleep

An estimated 70 million American infants, children, and teens are sleep deprived. Could your child be one of them? Studies show that sleep deficits can contribute to hyperactivity, distraction, forgetfulness, learning problems, illness, accidents, and disruptive behavior. Yet, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, the connection between children’s sleep habits and their behavior and health problems has remained, largely unrecognized. That brings us to tip #29.

Tip #29: Make sure your child is getting enough sleep at night.

According to Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, in her book Sleepless in America, parents are often weary and frustrated with managing challenging behavior. She explains that often what our misbehaving kid really need is not more “consequences or more medication, but more sleep. When we choose sleep, we choose a happier, healthier, and more successful life for our families. To read more practical strategies to help your family get the sleep it deserves and needs get Mary’s book, Sleepless in America


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