Yes, your teenager may indeed just be lazy, but as parents we also need to realize that kids do need their sleep! We’ll go over why children need sleep, how much sleep, and some tips for helping them get enough sleep. Then, when they become teenagers all you will have to do is figure out if they are truly getting their needed beauty sleep, or just plain lazy!
Why Kids Need Sleep!
Kids need sleep for a variety of reasons, and some of them may surprise you. For instance, did you know that research shows lack of sleep can actually lead to weight gain in children? When kids (and adults!) are tired, their body makes more of a hormone that makes them hungry, and less of the hormone that makes kids feel full. Lack of sleep also affects metabolism, slowing it down and causing a child’s body to store more of that extra food they eat as fat.
School performance can be greatly affected by lack of sleep as well, and we’re not just talking about staying awake in class. Lack of sleep makes it more difficult for children to build memory. Tired kids don’t recall as much information as their well-rested peers. Social interactions in school can also be affected by lack of sleep in children. Tired kids can exhibit bad moods (don’t we all!), but also bad judgement. Your little angel may be more likely to make a poor decision in school and pick on others, or just plain say something mean.
So, just to review, here are some basic reasons why kids need sleep:
- Perform Better in School
- Better Concentration and Memory
- Stronger Immune System
- Body Development
- Better Weight Management