3 ways your kids can improve their sleep Get outdoor more
Get outdoors more for Better Sleep
Many U.S. parents are surprised to learn that their children suffer from persistent sleep deprivation – as much as two hours per day. There are numerous reasons: busy schedules, addiction to television and electronic games combined with the lack of knowledge about the correct amount needed for your child.
The reality is American children are spending an average of 7 hour and 38 minutes per day staring at electronic media entertainment.
Building some outdoor time into your child’s schedule will help them get a better night’s sleep and receive physical, emotional and cognitive benefits.
Three Ways to Improve Your Child’s Sleep
1. Increase Sleep-inducing natural light
Regular doses of bright natural light help children stay more alert during the day, elevate their moods and make it easier to sleep at night. Exposure to outdoor light in the morning actually helps set their body clock for a better and earlier night’s sleep.
Take-Away: open the blinds/curtains and let the sun in
2. Reduce stress by spending time in nature
Nature has a way of comforting children. It can take away stress and be a haven for kids who are otherwise feeling the pressures of school, family, and social demand.
Research has found that children who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) get significant relief from their symptoms and are able to concentrate better if they spend some time outdoors.
Take-Away: Kids get benefits from outdoor time! Play outside = Less stress = more sleep
3. Outdoor exercise is better for children than indoors exercise
Exercise can release soothing endorphins into the blood stream and can help with the production of melatonin. Outdoor play encourages activities such as climbing, jumping, running and tumbling that promote muscle fitness and flexibility. Research shows that moderate to vigorous physical activity increased from 1% indoors to as much as 11% outdoors. When outdoor play was child led, the amount of time further increased to 17%.