Why Sleep is Important for a Child
Did you see Dr Michael Mosley’s fascinating documentary on sleep recently for the BBC – ‘The Truth about Sleep’?. In it he said that we should be spending a third of our lives sleeping – but Britain is one of the most sleep deprived nations in the world and we are simply not getting the rest we need.
I hadn’t realised what being sleep deprived really meant until I had children and experienced 1,095 consecutive nights of broken sleep! I’ll never forget that constant feeling of exhaustion and not being able to concentrate on anything the next day. Dr Mosley’s suggestions for getting more sleep were fascinating – including eating two kiwi fruit an hour before bed or getting up at the same time every morning. However, his advice wouldn’t have helped me when – like thousands of other parents –I found myself pacing the floor with a sobbing toddler who had woken up, yet again.
Sleep is so important to children and most three year olds need a good 12 hours of it. According to The Sleep Council sleep is essential to support children’s development both physically and mentally. Well rested children are more able to meet their full potential in every aspect of their lives.
After spending so many nights watching my little one ‘sleeping’, I witnessed how much wriggling a toddler can do during an average night. Frequently, his pillow would fall on the floor, followed in close succession by his duvet and sometimes by him as well! He’d wake feeling cold and I’d be summoned to tuck him back in.
I realised that stay-on bedding was the solution and Tuck n’ Snug was born. This wriggle-proof bedding is the simplest of child sleep solutions for two to eight year olds, ensuring a good night’s sleep for the whole family. The Tuck n’ Snug matching duvet cover and pillowcase sets simply tuck in and stay snugly on your toddler’s bed for the whole night.
After a good night’s sleep, your child will be better able to face their day, ready for all the new and exciting experiences life will offer them – while the rest of the household will be happier and less grumpy too!