All this while you thought that those cranky antics of your child was just part of the “growing up” phase. You thought that it was normal for kids to be cranky over small things like having to study, or for needing to eat all those green veggies on their plate.
Well, here’s an eye-opener: your child may actually be cranky because of sleep deprivation!
For a healthy growth, an average of 10 hours of sleep is required for all children up to the age of 16, if your child is not getting enough sleep that can cause serious health problems later on.
According to Zachary Woessner, a psychologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital, “Lack of sleep can cause significant cognitive impairments, including problems with memory, attention, concentration, decision-making, and problem solving.”
So, will putting your kids to bed early solve the problem? It might not, if the real problem is in the mattress itself.
How does a mattress connect with sleep deprivation?
You may think that you can prevent sleep deprivation by simply putting your child to bed early.
However, just because your kid’s on bed doesn’t mean they are sleeping.
Bedtime stories would certainly help you make your kids fall asleep, but that would be a waste if your child wakes up in the middle of the night because of an uncomfortable mattress.
If you see your kid tossing and turning in sleep, one possible reason could be that they are having a nightmare or it could be just as well that their body is trying to adjust to the hard mattress.
The Mattress Science of Spine Alignment
We usually pass through five stages of sleep, and as per paediatric doctors, stage 3 sleep is where growth hormones are released.
And, one key factor to achieving this restorative REM sleep is by keeping the spine aligned throughout the night. Hence, the need of a mattress that provides the desired support system and comfort to keep your child’s spine aligned.
In fact, researches have revealed that “people sleeping on a bed which properly aligned their spine throughout the night spent 49% more time in restorative REM sleep as compared to those with a misaligned /curved spine, particularly for side and stomach sleepers.”
If you do a quick search for kid’s mattresses online, you will find that memory foam mattresses are considered to be best for most growing children, as the foam layers mold to the body shape and provide even support throughout the night. But, since the comfort level of a person is highly subjective, talk to a mattress supplier for in-home trial periods and test out as many different types of mattresses before purchasing the one which provides your child a sound sleep.
How to know if you have bought the right mattress for your child?
Here are some cues that can help you know if a mattress is right for your kid:
- Does your child fall asleep within 30 minutes of going to bed?
- Do they wake up fully refreshed and bouncing with energy?
- Do they take secret naps in the classroom, and stay alert all day long?
If you answer ‘yes’ to any questions, know that you have found the right mattress for your kid.
All day long your kids tire out themselves playing and jumping about the house. A good sleep is therefore necessary to help relieve them of the day’s exhaustion and refill their energy tank. Sleeping on the wrong mattress will prevent their body from relieving the tensed muscles, and will have them tossing around the bed. So, if your kid wakes up in the morning feeling all tired and grumpy, rather than take some disciplinary action, instead try changing the mattress. That might just solve the problem, and earn you some good parenting points as well.