Without adequate sleep….kids have problems with learning and memory, attention and impulse control, and moodiness. Inadequate sleep even affects a child’s intellectual skills. Loss of sleep changes the hormones that govern appetite, stress reactions (cortisol) and growth hormone. What is affected most is
What is affected most is the energy imbalance. “Less sleep, especially before the age of 3-31/2, can increase hyperactivity and impulsivity and influence how a child performs.” The British Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reported a study demonstrating the relationship of sleep to brain development in kids. The Millennium Cohort Study followed 11,000 children. Those children who demonstrated irregular bedtimes up to the age of three were the most negatively affected when it came to reading, math skills, and spatial awareness. When followed over time, the same children continued to lag developmentally even at the age of seven — and girls more so than boys. The authors concluded that the first three years of life were especially susceptible to sleep and its relationship to cognitive development.
Children in their early years with sleep disorders
• Are easily distracted, not thinking clearly
• Have problems concentrating, learning and remembering
• Are more prone to accidents
• Have slower reaction time
• Moody or emotional