The dream is a physiological function in the health and growth of a child; numerous psychomotor problems, emotional and learning are a consequence of the lack of sleep, therefore sleep and health concepts are closely related.
There are several factors related to the quantity and quality of sleep that we could point out as “The Golden Rules” for a healthy child:
How many hours must a child sleep?
The answer to this question may vary, because it all depends on the needs of each child, even though the experts provide a general guide on what it would be advisable. As well a newborn sleeps 16 hours throughout the day, but from the first year of life, the hours of sleep are considerably reduced up to 12 hours. Already in school age to sleep 10 hours would be enough for the needs of rest of a child is covered.
Eat and dream
Dinner must be limited, but shouldn’t be so little that the child wakes up in the middle of the night with hunger, or to abundant that won’t let the child sleep.
The ideal would be a meal rich in vegetables, grilled food during the day and limit the sugar.
The rest, a matter of the family
The majority of behaviors in children are produced by imitation and learning, if in an environment that does not receive a healthy and adequate sleep habits, can hardly be put into practice routines of dream. To generate an appropriate atmosphere to dream, some daily routines are effective tools to help our sons and daughters: for example, announce that the time has come to go to bed, always approximately at the same moment of the day, go with them to bed, read them a story and create a quiet atmosphere.