The importance of quality sleep for the physical, mental, emotional and social development of our children is indisputable.
Our babies, children and even teenagers need to go to bed sooner and much more sleep than we parents think.
Sleep is not a luxury, it is one of their most basic needs.
* A strong immune system
* Healthy physical and brain development
* Attention and success in school life
* Being emotionally more cheerful and harmonious
* The quality of their social relationships is always directly related to whether they meet their sleep needs adequately or not.
In children who are described as naughty, stubborn, aggressive, hyperactive or careless, it can sometimes be seen that these problems disappear or decrease even by establishing a healthy and quality sleep pattern.
As adults, we are no different.
Our behavior when we can’t get our sleep and our energy and patience with regular quality sleep are not the same.
It is even more important in the lives of our children in this developmental age. For this reason, we, parents, have an important role to play in order to get the most basic need of sleep, which is their most basic need, in a healthy way.
There are 3 basic criteria that make quality sleep “quality”:
1. On average, getting the right amount of sleep for the needs of the age.
2. Sleeping in the time periods that will be most beneficial in terms of biological development, because every hour of sleep is not the same value.
3. Having uninterrupted sleep as much as possible, except during the times when it really needs nutrition at night. There is a serious quality difference between the sleep that the child wakes up many times at night and the sleep that he sleeps until the morning without interruption. In the daytime, it is also important that the afternoon naps are around 1.5-2 hours, especially from the age of 4 months. Of course, this period can be shortened from the age of 2-3, and the daytime sleep can be completely over between the ages of 3-4, but long afternoon sleep is very valuable until these ages.
* If your child is between the ages of 3 and 6;
In this period, the need for night sleep generally continues as an average of 10.5-12 hours. Daytime sleepiness usually ends at the age of 3-4 years.
If your child goes to kindergarten and needs to wake up at a certain time in the morning, you can set the evening sleep time by going back 11-12 hours from the time he should wake up in the morning.
With special exceptions, I would not recommend a bedtime later than 20-20.30 pm in any case.
If your child is resistant to bedtime in the evening, the demarcation tips we will discuss in “Need 5” and the layout tips we will discuss in “Need 7” will be helpful.
* If your child is now of school age;
In this period, as parents, we need to pay attention to 2 issues;
First, we think that just because our child has grown up and is going to school, the amount of sleep they need at night is greatly reduced, and we allow our children to stay up late. Our children can also experience serious negative consequences of this.
Secondly, many children who are exposed to images containing violence and fear through the internet, computer or television may begin to have very serious fears during this period, and they may begin to fear going to bed by themselves at night and want to sleep with their parents. It is good to be careful about this as well.
In summary, of course, the subject of sleep in every age group is an education subject in itself, which is too detailed and sensitive that we cannot cover here.
We parents have a really big responsibility in this regard.
We need to be the biggest protector of our child’s sleep hours for both our child’s health and our family peace.
If you are currently having problems with your baby’s sleep pattern, do not say that it will pass as they grow up.
Please do not delay it all the time, saying that this tooth will come out, that attack will pass, that he will come to this age.
Please, neither your child nor you live with unnecessarily poor quality sleep, stress and fatigue for months.
Whatever you need to do about this, please take action without waiting any longer.
It could be reading a book or getting special support.
Please always remember;
For both children and parents, sleep is not a luxury, it is one of the most basic needs that affects every aspect of life.
By the way, like quality sleep, of course, quality eating habits are also very important for children.