×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

Dr. Mike Roizen

Tags: sleep | brain development | gray matter | dr. roizen

Why Sleep Is Essential for Kids' Health

Michael Roizen, M.D. By Wednesday, 31 August 2022 12:00 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

The classic lullaby "Rock-a-Bye Baby" is oddly unrestful. The last line is "when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall and down will come baby, cradle and all!"

Although that's a scary image, it does get one thing right: If children don't regularly get a good night's sleep, they are going to face some pretty serious repercussions.

Children ages 6 to 12 need nine to 12 hours of sleep nightly. If they don't get it, their healthy brain development is adversely affected in areas related to memory, intelligence, and mental health.

That's the conclusion of a study in Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. Researchers looked at data on around 8,300 kids and found that over a two-year stretch, children who had less than nine hours of sleep a night at the beginning of the study had less gray matter in those vital brain areas, compared to kids with healthy sleep habits.

Parents can help their children thrive by setting a regular bedtime. It's also essential to encourage physical activity during the day. Kids ages 6 to 17 should get 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily. That includes aerobics as well as muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening (jumping or running) activity at least three days a week.

And help kids and teens avoid caffeine in sodas, iced teas, and energy drinks.

You should also limit screen time and have no screens for an hour before bed (read a book to younger kids). Then make sure the bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool.

© King Features Syndicate


DrRoizen
Children ages 6 to 12 need nine to 12 hours of sleep nightly. If they don't get it, their healthy brain development is adversely affected in areas related to memory, intelligence, and mental health.
sleep, brain development, gray matter, dr. roizen
252
2022-00-31
Wednesday, 31 August 2022 12:00 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
Find Your Condition
Get Newsmax Text Alerts
TOP

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved