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Is sleep is more important than food?

I was worried that my daughter slept by evening and sleeping kidhas missed her dinner for the last 3 days. I was debating with myself if I should let her continue her sleep through the night or wake her up and feed her supper. So I did some research and found that SLEEP is MORE IMPORTANT than FOOD.
Sleep is the primary requirement for survival of human beings. The saints those days used to live for years together in meditation without food but there has not been anybody who will be able to live for weeks without sleep.
Adequate sleep is required for growth and development of the child. The research suggests that even small amounts of sleep deprivation take a significant toll on the child’s health, mood and cognitive capacity. Not only does body get rest during sleep but also the brain consolidates and re-inforces what the child has learned / observed during the day
So don’t worry if your child has skipped a meal because he /she is asleep, sleep is more important for them than food.
Sleep requirement vary from individual to individual. In general the sleep requirements are as follows:
– During the first six months of life: a child will sleep from 16 to 20 hours
– Six months to one year : Now the child must sleep through the night and total sleep required including day time nap and night time sleep is 14 hrs
– One to three years of age: a child needs from 10 to 13 hours of sleep, the majority of which will be during the night, but a daytime nap should also be included
– Three to six years : A child needs approximately 10 hours of sleep each night, with a 2 hour nap during the day
– Six to nine years: need 10 hours of sleep
– Nine to Preteens: need atleast nine hours
Stop worrying, start sleeping.
Cheers – AD

2 comments on “Is sleep is more important than food?

  1. This is a very useful post AD….

    I have a suggestion: I went to a beauty parlour today,..and i see very young children (4th/5th grade) who wants to tweeze there eyebrows or colour their hair…do u think its a good idea to introduce a section in tebby talks on fashion for little children..

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