A nice and well rested sleep is very important to restore our body and brain. Sleeping well is associated with a better mood, temperament, physical performance, and a positive attitude. Sleep is essential for our brain, since during this time it consolidates and organizes everything that happened in the day. In our children’s case, sleeping allows them to continue growing and to wake up full of energy, eager to keep learning and exploring their surroundings. Sleeping is very important for both adults and children.
Sleep is essential for children. It helps them restore their energy for the upcoming day and it fosters physical and cognitive growth. When they sleep, children save energy, allowing them to gain weight and grow. Their vital organs also mature. Likewise, sleeping helps them wake up with enough energy to move, walk, learn, talk, and explore the world around them.
Around this age, children normally need only a one-hour nap a day. This gives them more time to explore their surroundings and play during the day. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal sleeping range for children that are 21-24 months old is between 11 and 14 hours a day. Some kids sleep more or less, however, experts don’t recommend children to above or below a 9-16 hour range. If you think your child is sleeping more than he needs, you can try shortening his naps and do a lot of activities to ensure that he receives enough stimulation during the day. On the other hand, if your little one sleeps less, try to strengthen his sleep routines and remember to have a nap before 4 pm. Sleeping well allows your little one to keep learning and stay active. Your child will receive a lot of stimulation and affection during the day, and, while sleeping, his brain will consolidate the moments and new findings.
Remember not to worry too much about the precision of sleeping hours. It’s important to keep in mind the recommendations regarding hours of sleep, but remember that every child is different. The best way to know if your little one is sleeping well is by noticing if he is happy and well rested, or if he is tired and irritable during the day.