One of the main benefits of sleep comes through the hormones that are released during this period of inactivity. There are many different hormones which all go to work to maintain and repair the body in different ways. There are hormones which attempt to fix broken cells and thus prevent cancer, there are hormones which cause children to grow and develop and there are those which attack viruses and other potential illnesses. Only by ensuring a correct amount of sleep will these hormones be released efficiently and be able to do their job to the optimum standards.
As well as hormones released during slumber times it has been found that sleep can also have a positive correlation on exercise and vice versa. Children who partake in physical activity every day also find sleep easier to attain. Only thirty minutes a day of exercise, be that running, walking, playing or similar, will not only burn calories but also make the process of sleeping much easier. This, as established earlier, is great for releasing hormones which help maintain weight.
How to get sleep
- The first action that can be undertaken can be to put up heavy curtains that block out all sunlight; the body is stimulated by light and this can help it stay awake. Due to this even small lights, such as a television screen or monitor, can have a detrimental effect upon sleep.
- The other main area of helping children sleep is to ensure that the room is an appropriate temperature; around 18 degrees is the optimum amount for ensuring a good night’s rest.
Kieron Casey is a BA (Hons) Journalism graduate who blogs regularly on a number of topics including home and family, nursery bedding , health and the environment.