No one needs more energy than children and to get that energy they must get quality sleep. Without decent and fulfilling rest, children can start to show the symptoms of behavioural problems. This will manifest itself by them having trouble at school and experience health issues. Sleep problems in children is quite common, more than you would expect. A child's sleep disorders can impact on their overall development.
New parents can get very concerned about the sleep their infant is getting. This is chiefly because newborns have irregular sleep cycles, they sleep, on average, 16 to 17 hours per day; but this could be divided into portions of 1 or 2 hours at a time. As they get older, the total number of hours sleep they require decreases. Pre-school children may need to sleep between10 and 12 hours a day, whereas school children need about 10 hours sleep each day.
There are simple strategies you can implement that may help to alleviate sleep problems in children. It is important that you install good sleeping habits in your child at an early age. Developing a regular routine is one way to help them understand that it is nearly time for them to go to sleep. Try to ensure that there is a quiet period just before their bedtime. It is equally important that it is the same time every evening. Their sleeping patterns will adjust accordingly.
Allow them to take a comforter with them to bed, this could be a favourite teddy or doll, a toy, or a special blanket. This kind of comforting object often helps children drift peacefully into a deep sleep.
Whatever the pressure is to do so you must avoid letting your child sleep with you. This only makes it more difficult for them to learn to settle down alone and therefore be able to fall asleep when they are alone.