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Signs That Your Kid Suffers from Sleep Deprivation

Diana Yacobi September 11, 2018

Here are sleep-deprivation signs that every parent needs to know

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Parents may often ignore the symptoms of sleep deprivation that their children are suffering from. These symptoms can lead to a child’s bad behavior and poor performance at school or at home. In today’s competitive world, parents usually enroll their kids in multiple activities that may develop their social and decision-making skills to be successful in life. These extracurricular activities normally make children productive and busy that they hardly have longer time to sleep.

 

According to the National Sleep Foundation, these are the recommended number of hours that a child must sleep: newborns (up to 3 months), 14 to 17 hours; infants (4 to 11 months), 12 to 15 hours; toddlers (1 to 2 years old), 11 to 14 hours; preschoolers (3 to 5 years old), 10 to 13 hours; and school-aged children (6 to 13 years old), 9 to 11 hours.

 

Here are some sleep-deprivation signs that every parent needs to be aware of.

 

Short temper

 

One of the most common indications that a child experiences sleep deprivation is that he or she has short temper. Lack of restorative sleep will make the kid short-tempered. The child is expected to become irritable on simple things and may take a longer time to calm down. A kid’s unpredictable behavior can lessen his or her chance of befriending other kids, which will affect his or her social life.

 

More squirmy

 

A tired child may also become more fidgety and cranky, which may appear that they are hyperactive than their usual behavior. A hyperactive behavior can be stressful to parents or teachers because a child can’t contain his or her emotions. If a child suddenly becomes hyperactive, it’s an obvious indication that he or she lacks adequate sleep.

 

Struggles in school

 

One of the common sleep-deprivation symptoms is difficulty in learning at school. If a kid is daydreaming at home or if his or teacher reports that the child is always absentminded in school, he or she may be suffering from sleep deprivation, and may find it difficult to catch up on lessons and other physical activities.

 

If a child is having troubles in getting a restful sleep, parents must ensure that their kids get a good sleep or consult a health professional to help restore a child’s good sleeping habit.

 

Have your child suffered from sleep deprivation ever? What were your remedial methods? Let me know in the comments section below. You can also connect with me on my Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads accounts to keep the conversation going. Check out my blog for more valuable reads on parenting and language learning.

 

References

 

Johnson, Kristina. 2017. “7 Signs of Sleep Deprivation in Babies, Aside From Yawns.” Romper, May 3. Accessed June 6, 2018. https://www.romper.com/p/7-signs-of-sleep-deprivation-in-babies-aside-from-yawns-54718.

 

Peter-Berntzen, Jassmin. 2018. “6 signs your school-going child isn’t getting enough sleep.” SmartParents, February 27. Accessed June 6, 2018. https://www.smartparents.sg/child/health-and-nutrition/6-signs-your-school-going-child-isn-t-getting-enough-sleep-9864624.

 

National Sleep Foundation. “How Much Sleep Do Babies and Kids Need?” Accessed June 6, 2018. https://sleepfoundation.org/excessivesleepiness/content/how-much-sleep-do-babies-and-kids-need.

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