Benefits of Sleep

Research on the Benefits of Sleep for All Ages

Research has revealed significant benefits of good sleep habits and significant negative consequences of inadequate sleep in children from infancy to young adulthood.  The recommended sleep for an adult is 7 or more hours per night.  Extensive research demonstrates the many benefits of healthy sleep habits in adults.  Teaching your child to sleep well is a first step toward life-long good health.

When children sleep the proper number of hours on a regular basis, they experience many health benefits:

  • Improved attention
  • Improved behavior
  • Improved learning
  • Improved emotional regulation
  • Improved mental and physical health

Handout: How to Develop Healthy Sleep Habits

To learn how to teach your child healthy sleep habits, read chapter 12 in Loving By Leading.

Here is some research on the health effects of sleep:

Infancy & Toddlerhood

School Age