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happylittlegems sleep fact of the day:

Updated: Feb 17, 2019

Losing just one hour's sleep for one night affects concentration by 30%

According to a recent study by a leading American university losing just one hour's sleep for one night led to up to a 30% reduction in concentration. Even more shockingly, the accumulation of one hour's lost sleep per night over a ten day period was found to be as severe as going without sleep for a 24 hour period.

Top tips for a good night sleep for little ones:

  • Stick to a routine, keep bedtimes the same throughout the week

  • Create a calm bedtime routine, maybe a warm bath and a story

  • No screens at least one hour before bedtime as the blue-light suppresses the release of melatonin (the natural sleep-inducing hormone)

  • Limit sugar intake at dinner time

  • Zero caffeine all day (children under 18 years old should not be having caffeine)

  • Limit fluid intake before bedtime if sleeping through the night is an issue

  • The room needs to be in total darkness, blackout blinds are great (pop up ones are cheap)

  • The house needs to be silent, be mindful of putting the washing machine/dishwasher on in the evening

  • Remove any light source from your child’s room

  • Limit the excuses – give your child a small drink and make them go to the toilet right before bed

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