Impact of a Good Night's Sleep
Homelessness and housing instability negatively affects a child’s health, development and education. Stable housing and a restorative night’s rest in a bed can give kids the boost they need to catch up to their peers in school and achieve their personal potential.
The Importance of Sleep
Sleep helps you grow, stay strong and healthy – during sleep, growth hormones are released, tissues are repaired and inflammation that causes heart disease and diabetes is reduced
Sleep actually improves learning – during sleep, long term memories are formed and a well-rested mind shows signs of improved concentration and focus the next day
Sleep reduces your risk of obesity and diabetes – during sleep, metabolism and insulin levels are regulated so lack of sleep can affect hunger hormones and make you feel hungrier
Sleep can make you happier – sleeping well makes you feel less irritable and can be a first step in the treatment of depression
How much sleep do we need?
4 months – 3 years
4 – 13 years
14 – 17 years
Hours of sleep
10 – 15
9 – 11
8 – 10
7 – 9
How to get better Sleep...
Here’s 5 easy ways to improve the sleep of everyone in your family.
Just, remember, S.L.E.E.P.
Slow down: Relax and wind down before bed. Try reading a book or taking a bath.
Lights out: The blue light from screens (TV, tablet, phones) can inhibit sleep, especially in kids. Turn off all screens 30-60 minutes before bedtime.
Excellent environment: Bedrooms should be dark and cool to promote healthy sleep.
Expected bedtime: Sticking to a consistent bedtime makes it easier to fall asleep, especially for kids. Most elementary-aged kids should be in bed before 8:30pm.
Praise: Healthy sleep is important for everyone in your family so encourage each other to stick to a healthy sleep schedule.