Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 12:00 AM
Get them in a routine!
Dr. Christopher Manganaris uses his training as a sleep physician and as a dad to help parents make sure their preschoolers snooze sufficiently.
“I didn’t know about sleep deprivation until I was in medical school,” said Dr. Manganaris, a pulmonologist with Pulmonary and Sleep Associates of Marshall County.
He saw similarities between the way he suffered from too little sleep and the way his four children behaved when they didn’t get to bed earlier enough.
Speaking to about 50 parents of preschoolers at Albertville City Schools’ Pre-K program, he recommended 4-5-year-olds sleep 10 to 12 hours every night.
“It’s tough to do,” he said. “I know that.”
But it’s very important for many reasons, including:
The best thing to do to help children become good sleepers – so parents can be good sleepers – is to get them into a routine. Get them in bed early and stick to the same bedtime every night, even on weekends. Make a routine out of bath time, brushing teeth and quiet time to wind down.
“Try to stay away from things that get them hyped up,” he suggested.
Other good sleep tips for kids:
All students – from pre-schoolers to medical students – need sufficient sleep in order to absorb instruction and information. Lack of sleep has been shown to impair a person's ability to focus and learn efficiently.
“Students who are well-rested perform better and function better,” concluded Dr. Manganaris.
Pulmonary and Sleep Associates of Marshall County has offices in Guntersville and Boaz. Both can be reached by calling (256) 840-4653.