by Namra Sarwar
Sleep or lack of it is undoubtedly the most discussed aspect of baby care. New parents very well-known to its vital importance in first few months of birth. The quality and quantity of an infant’s sleep affects the well-being of everyone in the home. Sleep problems rarely end with a growing child’s move from crib to bed. It changes the form like instead of cries, it’s pleas or refusals, instead of a feeding at 3:00 AM, it’s a nightmare or request for water. Each child is a unique individual with distinct sleep needs.
Definition of Sleep
A natural episodic, state of rest for the mind and body, in which the eyes usually close and consciousness is completely or partially lost, from this there is a decrease in body movement and responsiveness to any external stimuli. During sleep the brain in humans experiences a cycle of brain-wave activity that includes intervals of dreaming.
Common Sleep Problems
Children and teenagers need at least nine hours of sleep a night. Sleep problems can have negative effects on their routine work, their performance in school, extracurricular activities and social dealings.
About 69 percent of children experiences sleep problem. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) 2004. Some of the most common are as follows:
- Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
- Sleep talking
- Sleep walking
- Sleep terrors
- Sleep apnea
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