Monday, February 22, 2016

Sleep Better in a TV-Free Space

This message and supporting content brings awareness to the importance of sleep. Research shows an inverse association between sleep duration and overweight and obesity in children. Parents who guide their children toward good sleep habits are making sure they grow up healthy and reach their full potential. Children who get enough sleep are less tired, more likely to behave and can better concentrate. The national recommendations on sleep based on age are:

Sleep Recommendations, including naps*
Newborns 0-3 months 14-17 hours
Infants 4-11 months 12-15 hours
Toddlers 1-2 years 11-14 hours
Pre-schoolers 3-5 years 10-13 hours
*The National Sleep Foundation

Parents can make a difference in their children's sleep habits by establishing relaxing bedtime routines, such as putting the child to bed while drowsy, not asleep; creating a good sleep environment, including a quiet atmosphere; and being a role model setting a good example and establishing good habits while they are young.

Join many other sleep advocates nationwide by promoting Sleep Awareness Week from March 2-8, 2016. Sleep Awareness Week is an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep. For more information or resources, visit the Sleep Awareness website.

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