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Is My Child Overtired?: The Sleep Solution…

Is My Child Overtired?: The Sleep Solution for Raising Happier, Healthier…

by Will Wilkoff

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This book is of great importance and relevance to all parents. The section on the sleep needs of teens is highly informative, as is chapter 12, "It Takes a Well-Rested Parent...."

Studies show that most children and a large number of adults are sleep-deprived. Sleep deprivation causes irritability, health problems, and difficulty making decisions, among other things. It contributes to hyperactivity and attention-deficit behaviour. After reading this book, I am convinced that nine-tenths of today's "uncontrollable" kids are merely acting out of a severe sleep deficit that inhibits their ability to exercise self-control and cognitive thinking skills.

Parents should insist that children under the age of 12 be in bed (with the lights out) no later than 8:30. Teenagers should be in bed (with the lights out) no later than 9:30, and everyone should be in bed (with the lights out) by 10. If you are currently going to bed late, don't try to immediately impose earlier bedtimes. Back it up by 15 minutes a night until you are at the target time. If you need help convincing older kids that this is necessary for their health, make them read the book. ( )
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From crankiness and the "terrible twos" to recurrent ear infections and headaches that young children often experience, to the listlesness and low academic performance of teenagers, many childhood problems can be traced to a simple but often overlooked cause: the lack of sleep. This handbook, for parents, explains how to recognize the signs of fatigue in a child, determine how much sleep a child really needs and establish a routine that satisfies a child's needs at every age and stage of development. This guide identifies key contributing factors to a child's tiredness - television; too many extra-curricular activities; a parent's schedule; and even the electric lighting in the home. It offers remedies such as extra sleep or setting a weekday and weekend bedtime schedule.

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