The Power of Understanding Immunity: Sleep, Ah, Precious Sleep
Shall we talk about Sleep? We know, we know the “S” word certainly changed its meaning on the day you brought your first baby home. Whether sleep has been a struggle or something your kiddo’s done soundly since Day 1, it’s one of the most thought about, talked about, fretted about, topics in many kids, and parents daily lives.
While we sleep, our immune systems produce both white blood cells and proteins called cytokines, which reduce inflammation and fight off infections. A lack of proper rest limits this production, putting a child at higher risk for getting sick.
Beyond baby sleep, the Cleveland Clinic and National Sleep Foundation suggest the below ranges by age group to be considered a full night’s rest:
- Ages 3 to 5: 10 to 13 hours
- Ages 6 to 12: 9 to 12 hours
- Ages 13 to 18: 8 to 10 hours
Oh and just for fun, ages 19 to 64 need 7 to 9 hours - sounds luxurious, right? But consistent bedtimes for both kiddos and parents can keep the whole family happy, and healthy. Try winding down as a family by turning off screens, dimming lights and allowing time for calming activities like baths, books and bedtime yoga/stretching. Practiced routinely, these simple cues set everyone up for success when it comes to getting enough sleep.