Children and adolescents that don’t get enough sleep may experience difficulty focusing, difficulty staying awake, decreased physical and mental performance, increased stress and mood swings. Overall, a lack of sleep leads to an increased risk of obesity and illness, but with increased extracurricular activities, after school jobs and more demanding course loads, maintaining healthy sleep routines can often be difficult. Parents are encouraged to help their children develop routines that incorporate enough time for school, sports and sleep.
Children and adolescents should be getting at least eight hours of sleep every night, although teens and very young children would benefit from getting ten hours of sleep. Kids who are unable to get into a healthy sleep routine may be suffering from an actual sleep disorder. Fortunately, Cone Health has an exceptional network of family nurse practitioners, pediatricians, family medicine specialists and other related healthcare professionals dedicated to making sure children in the community are healthy.