Sleep education can help young kids sleep better
Getting adequate sleep is essential for the healthy development of young kids. When problems arise with young kids sleeping well a growing awareness of the potential dangerous side effects of drugs to help kids sleep has lead to an interest in non-drug interventions to help with this problem. One successful approach to helping kids to sleep naturally is sleep education.
Researchers evaluated a novel sleep education program for low-income preschool children and their families reported the journal Sleep. The participants in this study were Head Start preschool families in greater Lansing and Detroit, Michigan. In this program parents attended a one-time, 45 minute sleep education program.
Educational interventions can help kids sleep better
The preschoolers received 320 total minutes of classroom sleep education. It was concluded that educational interventions in early childhood may have a positive effect on parents' sleep knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy. This can also have a positive effect on children's sleep behavior. It was observed that repeated exposure to the new information about sleep may be important for parents and their kids.
A sleep education program was found to help preschoolers sleep 30 minutes longer at night reports the University of Michigan. According to a new study at the University of Michigan early interventions among Head Start preschool families improve sleep behaviors for kids. Preschool kids taking part in this educational sleep program experienced a 30-minute average increase
in sleep duration at a one-month follow-up.
Families in two Head Start programs participated in the Sweet Dreamzzz Early Childhood Sleep Education Program for this study. A Detroit-area nonprofit organization called Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. developed this program. When funding allows this program is offered for free. Head Start programs have a mission of giving preschool opportunities to low-income families. It is hoped these programs will improve the preparedness of kids for elementary school.
Just 30 minutes more sleep a night is beneficial