Children often ‘not bad sleepers’

Parents have been advised that many adults experience trouble keeping their little ones in bed.

Parents have been advised that many adults experience trouble keeping their little ones in bed.

Children are often not bad sleepers, they merely have slumber problems that are misunderstood, according to one expert.

Dr Sarah Blunden, sleep researcher and psychologist at the Centre for Sleep Research at the University of South Australia, told ABC that youngsters can often struggle to snooze through the night as they are easily disturbed.

She warned parents that it is important to confront slumber issues, as lack of rest can lead to little ones developing hyperactive and aggressive qualities.

“Sleep problems are hugely misunderstood and under-diagnosed, yet manageable,” Dr Blunden advised.

However, failure to address poor sleep quality can cause youngsters to “get sick more and have an increased risk of accidents”, she added.

Toddlers were recommended to get between 12 and 14 hours kip while school age children should have ten to 12.

Deborah Lin-Dyken told NorthJersey.com readers that often children can be restless at night when they are adapting to sleeping in a bed rather than a cot, as it takes time for them to get used to the different surroundings.

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