Sleep and your children’s health.
Sleep and your children’s health have a very strong connection. If your child is not getting the right amount of quality sleep, they could be setting off down the wrong path for a healthy and happy life.
Over time we were all subjected to the drill of ” you must get 8 hours of sleep every night”. That is most certainly not the case. Sleep research has shown us that you can have up to ten hours of sleep and still not be resting and recovering your body and mind. The real decider is the amount of quality sleep you are getting. If you are not getting the quality, you may as well not be sleeping at all.
For children the quality sleep requirement is especially important because their bodies and minds are developing and need the best rest possible. So lets have a look at what happens during their sleep cycles and see why they may be doing more damage than good with their current sleeping regime.
Firstly it is important to understand what the difference is between quantity and quality when it come to your child’s sleeping environment. Quantity sleep is simply the amount of time spent sleeping and quality sleep is the portion of that sleep period that the child is in deep sleep and the body and mind is recouping from the days activities.
There are two main factors that define quality sleep. The first is posture, now you may think that posture is just about the sleep position and achieving the right spinal alignment during sleep. The fact is that it involves the complete musculoskeletal system which is defined by Wikipedia as the following “The musculoskeletal system provides form, support, stability, and movement to the body. It is made up of the bones of the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissue that supports and binds tissues and organs together.”
If a growing child is subject to improper posture during sleep, it can be the catalyst for many future physical growth and developmental issues. Internal organs can be misaligned and skeletal alignment can be affected. That is most certainly not good news I am sure you will agree.
The second important factor is circulation. When your child is sleeping, a whole lot of magic takes place with the production and distribution of hormones. These hormones are vital for proper muscle rejuvenation and growth, cerebral (brain) development, strengthening the immune system and cell rejuvenation. There are a ton of more benefits that we haven’t mentioned which you can see here in this interesting article.
So now the question- How do we ensure quality sleep for our children? The easiest solution is having the correct bed. When looking for the correct bed it is important to take the above factors into consideration. So a soft surface with a firm support structure is the way to go.
We have the perfect range just for that, it is the luxury foam range and ticks all of the boxes that are required to give your child the best quality sleep. That in turn will give them the best opportunity to achieve the best quality life.