Children and Sleep

Monday, November 25, 2013

Children require a proper amount of sleep in order to grow to their full potential. Find out how much sleep your child needs with Dr. Edward Hill in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Children achieve more success with a good nights sleep. Children need more sleep than adults, and many dont get the right amount.

When a child sleeps, his body heals, grows and recharges. We plug cell phones in each night to recharge the batteries. Our brains and bodies need to recharge as well. Sleep is how we do that. Children are less focused, dont perform as well in school, are less coordinated physically and generally grumpier when they dont get enough sleep. The best sleep is without the noise and distraction of cell phones, TVs or computers. Power down when you tuck your child in.

Most children under age 12 need at least 10 hours of sleep each night. If your child needs to wake up at 6 a.m., his or her bedtime should be 8 p.m. Just count backwards 10 hours from the time they should be up. A good nights sleep is one of the best things you can do for your child.  

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.