The importance of sleep in children

Have you ever wondered what happens while he drinks sleep?

While children take their break, the brain works hard. Thus, sleep plays a very important role in the development and growth of the baby.
The quality of sleep is vital for the development of motor activity, learning processes and associated with the behavior of the baby. Poor sleep quality can cause irritability, anxiety, depression, and learning disabilities.

It is important to keep in mind that rest allows for a repair in the body. It is essential to sleep enough hours for a reboot to occur in the brain which allows memory consolidation, promoting better physical and cognitive functioning, helping to prevent disorders and diseases, favoring the child's quality of life from all perspectives.

Rest can be considered as a fundamental part of the development of long and short-term memory, which supports some processes that are vital in humans, which we have already mentioned.

How many hours should the baby sleep?

The necessary hours of rest decrease progressively with age and are distributed as follows:

  •  From 0 to 1 year: 16 -17 hours distributed at night and naps during the day.
  •  From 1 to 3 years old: 11-14 hours at night, however, it is recommended that at this age children stop taking naps during the day.
  •  From 6 to 12 years: between 9 and 12 hours.
  • From 13 to 18 years and older : the recommended hours of sleep is 8 hours.

Screen use and sleep:

Many factors influence the quality of sleep; One of the main ones is the excessive use of screens, since this white light they emit directly influences circadian rhythms. These are those cycles that the body needs to function optimally.

The circadian rhythms that we named earlier are regulated by characteristics such as temperature, food, and light.
When children are exposed to these lights emitted by screens at night, the body assimilates as if it were daytime what disperses the desire to sleep, thus affecting its natural cycle.

Likewise, it has been found to affect the release of serotonin and growth hormone, which is known as sematropin and is produced by the brain.
In this sense, it is important to keep screens away from children at bedtime, even if necessary, to establish schedules for their correct use.

Also, it is recommended that its use not start too early. Children under the age of five should not have unlimited access to these devices.