Good Sleep Habits on Children’s Health


Sleep is fundamental for physiological and mental wellbeing. Children have an extraordinary need for excellent uninterrupted sleep for development and cognitive advancement. Noise is a natural factor that generally influences all children. Besides noise in schools and preschools, many children are exposed to conceivably irritating traffic-related noise around evening time. The learning of how children’s wellbeing and intellectual development is affected by good sleep is essential to their health. This review focus on a number of materials from scholars that discuss and analyze this issue at length.

Good Sleep Habits on Children’s Health Literature Review

According to Koinis-Mitchell et al. (2015), good sleep habits plays a vital role in Children’s development and health. A child obtains good sleep when s/he acquires undisturbed, healthful sleep of adequate time as per developmental dimension. Great Sleep Habits can be characterized as a multidimensional design of sleep attentiveness described by personal fulfillment, proper planning, sufficient time, high effectiveness, and sustained attentiveness amid waking hours. Good sleep habits are necessary for children’s ideal daytime functioning and physical wellbeing, children with chronic ailment with a variable side effect presentation, especially those not disciplined in following their treatment routine, are in danger of experiencing poor sleep.

According to Norell-Clarke and Hagquist (2017), children sleep issues throughout everyday life, may predict future conduct and enthusiastic problems. Essential developmental changes optional to the matters identified with sleep and social and psychological issues must be looked into and may demonstrate noteworthy associations. The regular instances of sleep issues and associated negative results feature the need to recognize and attend to these issues in children, which are certainly founded on substantial estimation and etiological information of these issues. Given these distinctive ramifications, an immediate trial of the dormant dimensional structure of sleep issues is required.

Hodge et al (2012), argues that in order to comprehend the basic idea of sleep to children’s health, it is essential to have an opinion about what sleep does, what healthy sleep is, and what happens when children don’t get either the appropriate measure of sleep, the best quality rest, or both. We likewise need to comprehend the duty sleep undertakes in being alert or sluggish, distressed or relaxed, and how that this way may influence the activities and health of children. Poor sleeping habits are common in children that are just growing up (Hodge, Hoffman, Sweeney & Riggs, 2012). The children’s mind needs rest to reestablish resources that were spent amid the day. An all-around rested brain can take care of issues, adopt new information and appreciate the day significantly more than an exhausted mind. A few parts of a child’s cerebrum are much progressively dynamic while they rest.

According to Segura-Jiménez, Carbonell-Baeza, Keating, Ruiz, and Castro-Piñero, (2014), the total sleep time for children occupies almost 50% of their life. In this way, it is a critical factor for general wellbeing advancement and general growth. Without a doubt, sleep is particularly vital for kids’ general wellbeing. It is essential to note that sleep time in children is connected with their wellbeing condition and conversely connected with negative wellbeing results. Moreover, lacking adequate sleep time is identified with a higher weight which results to obesity in children and other related sicknesses, and therefore showing a higher danger of poor health (Segura-Jiménez, Carbonell-Baeza, Keating, Ruiz & Castro-Piñero, 2014).

Failure to have good sleep habits every night can have negative ramifications for a child. These can’t generally be replaced with additional rest the following night. After some time, not getting enough quality rest every night can create a scope of social, intellectual (mental) and emotional manifestations. Lack of enough sleep in children affects their mental health (Hodge, Hoffman, Sweeney & Riggs, 2012). This makes children to lack interest in their regular activities and makes it difficult for them to learn new ideas and information.

Kamp, Gidlöf-Gunnarsson, and Waye (2013) have also shown that poor sleeping habits in children, for the most part, observed as a midway impact. It is thought to be an initiator of ailments as well as it irritates existing illness. However, the likelihood of such an occurrence relies upon the children’s state ox exposure. The authors’ analysis shows that a child’s body clock is a 24-hour cycle that advises the child’s body on when to sleep. The body clock is affected by a child’s age; and kids need less rest as they grow older. The suggested measure of sleep is basically a guideline, as every child is unique in their ways. Also, once in a while kid’s may require more rest than what is prescribed and different occasions they may feel fine with somewhat less (Norell-Clarke & Hagquist, 2017).  It is therefore essential to be keen on a child and adjust their rest calendar to discover how much sleep every night functions best for them.

According to Ren, Wang, Phull, and Zhang (2015) sleep issues are far reaching in kids and have a high rate of comorbidities including various mental disorders. It is however not yet distinct whether sleep issues are dimensional or clear cut marvels. Knowing the dormant structure of a child’s sleep issues is basic for a few reasons. Children who get adequate sleep have better problem-solving skills, relate well with other people and are more active during the day. They have high energy levels; basically, their mental health is good.

According to Kamp, Gidlöf-Gunnarsson and Waye (2013), lack of proper sleep habits adds to ailment related side effects in children in different disease groups, for example, adolescent rheumatoid joint inflammation among others. Shorter sleep duration and different sleep times have been found in children living in urban and low-income backgrounds. This is a significant worry since short sleep length can have detrimental effects on children present and future wellbeing results (e.g., diabetes, weight gain, blood pressure) Poor sleep habits temporarily may result to over-activity, poor attention, ill tempers and high dangers of injury. Prolonged poor sleeping habits result in more issues as well of depression to children. In exceptionally long cases it will likewise cause long term medical issues.

According to Segura-Jiménez, Carbonell-Baeza, Keating, Ruiz, and Castro-Piñero, (2014), adequate sleep makes children have better health; they become more active and creative in their activities and pay more attention to tasks. They become more likely to make positive decisions and can learn and remember more stuff as compared to when they do not get adequate sleep. Children lacking adequate sleep may suffer mental disorders; they become more irritable and hard to interact with other individuals. Their immune system is affected and ceases to function accordingly hence exposing them to more ailments. The children become lazy during the day and can barely perform any task or be get involved with other children for any interactions

To improve the sleeping habits of a kid, it is vital to stick to a routine; the children easily adapt to their sleeping routine making it easier for them to have a better sleep.  Reducing electronic stimulus like electronic gadgets such as tablets and phone (Ren, Wang, Phull & Zhang, 2015). According to the trio, these electronic screen exercises can be animating and can meddle with the sleeping patterns of a child. Ensuring that children have a comfortable place to sleep is one of the vital ways that facilitate good sleeping habits


Typically, there are moments when a child’s sleep time might be later than expected, for example on a family holiday or a unique event. Sleeping more than expected is okay sometimes; however, it is critical to restoring the child to a sound sleep plan immediately to give them the opportunity to rest and recuperate. Ensuring that children have better sleeping habits improves both their physical and mental health, this also improves their general conduct and their social life.



Hodge, D., Hoffman, C. D., Sweeney, D. P., & Riggs, M. L. (2012). Relationship Between Children’s Sleep and Mental Health in Mothers of Children with and Without Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(4), 956-963. doi:10.1007/s10803-012-1639-0

Kamp, I. V., Gidlöf-Gunnarsson, A., & Waye, K. P. (2013). The effects of noise disturbed sleep on children’s health and cognitive development. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(5), 3506-3506. doi:10.1121/1.4806243

Koinis-Mitchell, D., Kopel, S. J., Boergers, J., Mcquaid, E. L., Esteban, C. A., Seifer, R., . . . Lebourgeois, M. (2015). Good Sleep Health in Urban Children With Asthma: A Risk and Resilience Approach. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(9), 888-903. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsv046

Ren, F., Wang, G., Phull, G., & Zhang, J. (2015). A taxometric analysis of the Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 13(3), 261-270. doi:10.1111/sbr.12113

Segura-Jiménez, V., Carbonell-Baeza, A., Keating, X. D., Ruiz, J. R., & Castro-Piñero, J. (2014). Association of sleep patterns with psychological positive health and health complaints in children and adolescents. Quality of Life Research, 24(4), 885-895. doi:10.1007/s11136-014-0827-0

Norell-Clarke, A., & Hagquist, C. (2017). Changes in sleep habits between 1985 and 2013 among children and adolescents in Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 45(8), 869-877. doi:10.1177/1403494817732269