Sleep is a very important factor in the well-being of everyone. It is especially important for growing and developing children.
Sleep gives the opportunity for physical rest and also, according to recent research, time in which the brain consolidates or reinforces what the child has learned or observed during the day.
Lack of sleep can cause fatigue, inattentiveness and listlessness. Less obvious are irritability, impatience, fussiness and even aggressive behaviour. Regular length of sleep is needed every night.
Missed sleep is not able to be made up, so a regular sleeping routine is important.
A regular routine, with children knowing their expected bed time is a good beginning to establishing healthy sleep patterns and as a consequence a general sense of well-being.