If this is what sleep deprivation does to adults, imagine the ramifications to a growing, developing baby or child! Stress levels are elevated to chronic states (elevated levels of cortisol) that negatively impact infant mental health, eating and digestion, and behavior.
You need sleep as much as you need to breathe and eat. While you’re sleeping, your body is busy tending to your physical and mental health and getting you ready for another day. Sleep deprivation is dangerous to your mental and physical health and can dramatically lower your quality of life.
Sleep is vital to development. In children and adolescents, hormones that promote growth are released during sleep. These hormones help build muscle mass, as well as make repairs to cells and tissues.
Sleep deprivation can cause damage and effect your body’s central nervous system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, cardiovascualr system and more. Over time, it can lead to chronic health problems and negatively impact your quality of life.
Written by Jenni June Certified Child and Family Sleep Consultant, CLC and practitioner member of the National Sleep Foundation and the Breathe Institute in Los Angeles