World Sleep Day 2020
World Sleep Day 2020 is a day to celebrate sleep, prioritise sleep and a call to take action on important issues related to sleep. At every age, lack of sleep negatively impacts our physical, emotional and mental health, and in children and teens especially, sleep is critical for healthy development and wellbeing.
Read my blog post on how stress and sleep are toxic bedfellows and another piece on how easy it is to conduct your own sleep audit to make simple but highly effective changes to your bedtime routine. The science on sleep is very clearly showing us that sleep - especially between the hours of 10pm and 2am - is absolutely critical for healing, health and longevity. We ignore the science at our peril.
It's never too early to prioritise sleep, particularly in children and teenagers. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children and adolescents who don't get enough sleep are at a greater risk of developing a range of chronic health conditions, including, diabetes, obesity, poor mental health and problems with attention and behaviour.
Our children are our future... we should be very concerned indeed about the increased risks to their tender health! So, on World Sleep Day 2020 I'm sharing some great tips on how we can encourage more and better sleep in children and young people. Please pass these on to anyone you think might benefit.
7 Tips for Improving Sleep in Children and Teens on World Sleep Day 2020
This great infographic for World Sleep Day 2020 is reproduced here by kind permission of Regis College and offers a wealth of advice and information on improving sleep in children and teens.