I hope the new year is off to a great start for all of you and your New Year’s resolution is well underway. After recognizing my poor sleeping habits of years past, I’m making an effort to get more Z’s in 2016. I feel as though I was tired most of last year. Apparently, I’m not the only one. A new study by the national center for health statistics found nearly a third of all adults do not get enough sleep. Adults generally require about seven to nine hours of sleep, newborns need more than 16 hours per day. Children fall somewhere in between, with teens needing 9 to 10 hours per day and preschoolers 11 to 12 (this amount can include naps). I’m lucky to get 6! Also not getting enough rest, our son, Andres. Like most teens, he stays up late doing homework and has to get up early the next day for school. When I tell him he has to get more sleep, he often responds by saying “I’ll catch on sleep over the weekend”. A big no-no says Dr. Marcel Deray of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
So, what are the clear signs your child might be sleep deprived?
– difficulty getting up in the morning
– sleepiness during the day
– trouble concentrating at school
If you think your child might be suffering from sleep deprivation, Dr. Deray suggests you consult with your pediatrician right away. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has sleep centers where your child could be evaluated and treated.
As for me, I’m trying to exercise in the morning instead of at night and disconnecting from the world wide web an hour before bedtime. Hopefully I’ll have more energy in 2016 after a good night’s rest.