Get Some Sleep

Sleep is a vital part of the foundation for good health and well-being. Sleep deficiency can cause many chronic health problems, including depression, heart disease, kidney disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Research shows that getting enough quality sleep at the right times is vital for your mental and physical health and safety, as sleep deficiency is also associated with an increased risk of injury at all ages. You should let your doctor know if you think you or your child might have a sleep problem. Sleep deficient children often show signs of mood swings, problems paying attention, and may lack enthusiasm for activities they once enjoyed.

Here are some ways you can improve your and your family's sleep habits.

1.  Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Children thrive on routines.

2.  Keep the same sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends.

3.  Avoid nicotine (cigarettes) and caffeine (caffeinated soda, coffee, tea) in the late afternoon.

4.  Keep bedrooms quiet, cool, and dark.

5. Take a hot bath, practice deep breathing and meditation, or incorporate other relaxation techniques before bed.