Sometimes overlooked, sleep is a critical component of good health. Restful sleep has been shown to have important short—and long-term health benefits for children and adults. Sleep plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy immune function, an active metabolism, memory, learning and other vital functions. The good news is that eating healthy, playing every day and going outside can all help improve the quality of the sleep you get at night. Follow these helpful tips and you'll be getting plenty of rest in no time.Download the Quick Start Kit (.pdf)
Helpful Healthy Habits
The More the Better
New and interesting research is showing us that getting the proper amount of restful sleep every night is a critical component of a healthy childhood. Based on their age, children need different amounts of sleep. Doctors recommend between 10 and 12 hours per day for kids between the ages of 5 and 12, and even more if they are younger. When children do not get enough sleep it can cause moodiness, behavioral and cognitive problems that impact their ability to learn in school. Additionally, recent studies have found links between sleep and obesity in children. It may seem strange, but the more hours that kids sleep the less likely they are to develop an unhealthy weight.
Make Rest Your Priority Too
Sleep isn't just important for kids. Restful sleep has important short- and long-term health benefits for adults including a role in maintaining a healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions. Researchers are also beginning to point toward the benefits of sleep in preventing heart disease and other chronic conditions. The good news is that there are strategies and tactics we can use to get the sleep we need to be both healthy and happy.