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The impact of lack of sleep
Sleep problems are some of the most common issues faced by parents. When kids don’t get enough sleep over a period of time, the following behavioural, cognitive (mental) and emotional symptoms can occur:
Sleepiness during the day
Issues with study and socialising
Irritability and moodiness
Shorter attention span
Lack of concentration and focus
Reduced academic performance
Lack of interest and motivation
Difficulty learning new information
Difficulty regulating emotions
Increased emotional problems
Reduced immune system
Higher risk of accidents
Higher levels of obesity
Decline in mental health
The challenge for kids and their parents is understanding the need for sleep and its restorative powers, and factoring into their busy lives sufficient time for good sleep.
How to support healthy sleep habits
There are many things you can do to help your kids get good quality sleep as often as possible:
When sleep problems become a concern
If sleep problems persist it’s important to see a healthcare professional.
Many kids grow out of sleep problems. However if they’re a persistent concern, professional assistance might be needed to help you figure out what might be going on.
Need more support with this? Try calling Parentline in your state or territory.
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