The connection between sleep and growth

The connection between sleep and growth

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Getting enough sleep is important for a young child for many reasons, from restoring energy to building brain connections. And evidence shows that sleep also fuels physical growth.

The science of growing

Growth is a complex process that requires multiple hormones to initiate various biological events in the blood, organs, muscles, and bones. One of the most important is growth hormone (or "human growth hormone"), which is secreted by the pituitary gland.

Several factors affect its production, including nutrition, stress, and exercise. In young children, however, sleep is the main factor. Growth hormone is released throughout the day, but in kids, the most intense release period is shortly after the beginning of deep sleep.

How much sleep do kids need?

Every child is different, with some kids requiring slightly less or more sleep than their peers. But in general, 1- and 2-year-olds need 11 to 14 hours of sleep (including naps), and 3- to 5-year-olds need 10 to 13 hours (including naps) over a 24-hour period.

Without adequate sleep, growth problems – mainly slow or stunted growth – can result. Kids with certain physical sleep problems, such as obstructive sleep apnea, also may have disrupted growth hormone production.

Getting a good night's sleep

Most kids need more sleep than their parents think.

Signs that your child may not be getting enough rest include crankiness or lethargy during the day, falling asleep in the car, and being hard to wake up. If your child is hyper at bedtime or tired before it's time to go to bed, that's another clue his sleep schedule may not be consistent enough.

To help your child get enough sleep:

  • Establish a consistent daily sleep schedule and stick to it.
  • Have a regular bedtime routine, which signals to your child's body that it's time to wind down. This might include giving him a bath, reading a bedtime story, or singing softly while tucking him in.
  • Make sure your child's room is dark and quiet so it's conducive to sleep. Keep the TV, video games, and other electronic devices out of his room.
  • Don't roughhouse before bedtime because this is stimulating instead of calming.
  • Keep your usual bedtime schedule and routine on weekends and vacations. The occasional variation won't cause long-term disruptions, but erratic bedtimes can lead to poor sleep habits and sleep deprivation.

Watch the video: You can grow new brain cells. Heres how. Sandrine Thuret (June 2022).


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