The latest research from Dr. Michael Moesley’s (May 2017) findings state that the less sleep adults and children receive, the more calories we consume. I would also like to point out that in my experience, younger children tend to eat less but snack more. With lack of sleep, a child’s behaviour and food intake can become chaotic as infants also appear to eat less and at the wrong times. Parents report that they eat more and cannot function resulting in a vicious circle for both parent and child. Parents also report that they feel too tired to go out with their child which then has a negative effect. Children need exercise for healthy development and adults need excercise for good mental health and well-being.
The good news is that my sleep plans include all of these aspects such as the correct food groups, times of foods and the appropriate activities to help a child feel restful before bed. I also support parents through the duration of sleep support and more if needed, so that they feel confident and reassured when introducing a healthy sleep approach for their child.
Read Michael’s Mosely’s research on my Facebook page blog.