Children and teens need more sleep than adults but with the pressures of school, this can often be difficult. You may be under the impression that your child is getting an adequate amount of sleep at night but their lack of energy and constant yawning leaves you asking the question, “Why is my child so tired?” Finding the answer to this question may be as simple as looking into some lifestyle changes or you may have to dig deeper, so this contributed post will provide you with four things you can do today if you start to notice this lack of energy in your child.

Slowly as the months and years go on and you see your children growing up, you will begin to see a wall approaching. It’s called the wall of independence, and once they’re old enough to climb over it, they won’t ever look back. It’s not pedantic to think that any parent who doesn’t take the show in seeing their children leave the nest and prosper isn’t a good teacher. It’s the just and dignified way of approaching the loyal act of parenting. You’ll begin to see their personalities change as they grow older. Every day little pieces merge and come into existence about their temperament, how they question the world, their interests, the way they talk and treat others, and their focus in life.

If you are lucky to have been bestowed with multiple children, it’s incredibly fun to see their personalities differ from one another. Easily one of the best parts of parenting is watching your children succeed in life. Spotting one of your children not doing as well as the others in school is cause for concern. If they’re irritable and unfocused, it’s most probably not natural to them to be this way. Especially if this happens in spurts, it could be down to something other than ADHD or anger management issues. A child that yawns during the day and doesn’t seem enthusiastic about games and learning are clear signs of sleep deprivation. So what can you do if you notice your child is lacking sleep and always seems tired?

 

Talk to the teacher

Teachers are more than just great people that dispense knowledge in schools. They are trained to play the parent role to children while they’re in class. They have a watchful eye over who is and isn’t paying attention. If a child has behavioral issues, you can rest assured that their teacher will take heed. On the journey home from school, it’s not usual for a child to fall asleep in the backseat of the car. Even if they had an energetic day of running and playing games, it’s a little off for them to be so tired their body cries out for sleep. If they’re short and snappy with you when you come to pick them up, again these are signs of them having a bad day.

Set up a meeting with the teacher so you can gather information about how your child behaves in class. Go into the meeting with an open mind, don’t jump to any conclusions; after all you’re not a child psychologist. Take a notebook with you to write down some keywords and terms that you can search up on the internet later. If the teacher expresses often looking over in your child’s direction and catching them yawning or slumping on their head on their arms or hands while on the table, this express disinterest at the least and tiredness at the most.

Don’t forget that children are still growing physically and mentally, so they’re just learning how to control their emotions and manners. However if during the meeting the teacher does share the concern about your child being short with the other kids, this could be a symptom of sleep deprivation. Being bothered too easily can occur when your mind is yearning to rest but is being called into some kind of action by an outside force; such as children talking and playing with your child.

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Irregular activity pattern

The first thing to tell yourself is that understanding the causes and treatments to sleep deprivation is not rocket science. Sure they do mean you will need to read up on some child psychology articles but for the most part, there are lots of simplified sources to becoming knowledgeable about this sort of stuff. One of the major components that hurt a child’s chances of gaining a full night of sleep is an irregular activity pattern. A number of things play in making this happen.

For your sake, write the pattern of things your child does as soon as they get home. It could be something as simple as sitting on the sofa watching television. The devil is in the detail so take note of what kind of programs they watch. What kind of snacks do they consume when they’re at home? Do they find their homework to be taxing on their mind causing them to think deeply for long periods of time? Too much activity whether physical or mental just before bedtime is bad news.

This gets the child into a state of hyperactivity and stimulation of their senses. So much information is bombarding their brains that not all of it can be processed. So you have an irregular state of mind whereby they are constantly switched on and find it difficult to slowly but surely calm down and a close the thoughts in their mind, eventually leading to sleep.

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Energy food at dinner

As parents, we try so hard every day to make sure our kids are getting a good healthy diet. Yet when we try to do something good for them in this regard, children fight us like we’re their mortal enemy. It’s hard enough getting a child to eat their five daily fruits and vegetables without them outright throwing a tantrum every time. You might be well-meaning and try to sneak in some fruit into their dinner. This usually comes in the form of a salad with highly citrus and sugary fruits such as grapes, apples, berries, kiwis, etc.

As you can imagine rather than calming them down, this gives them a natural sugar high causing them to become more active. Is it any wonder that we consume these kinds of high energy fruits in our breakfasts? It’s quite obvious that they give us a boost to help us wake up and be efficient at our jobs. So why would you give them to a smaller developing body during evening dinner? Doesn’t make any sense to do this at all.

 

Not all foods that we normally consume at breakfast are bad for us when it comes to dinner and sleep. Natural fat and carbohydrates have tryptophan in them which is an a-amino acid. Foods like oatmeal, peanut butter, milk, yogurt, turkey, eggs, and cheese are great at slowly the body down. The digestive system realizes these are heavy foods to break down and they release energy slowly, so for children they aid in getting to sleep quicker. Reserve your fruits for lunch or breakfast but keep dinner as it should be, heavy and filling.

 

 

Waking in their sleep

At first, it might seem funny but when you see the effect, a snoring condition has, the situation becomes a little serious. We’ve all met someone that snores like a barnyard animal. It keeps us awake as the noise they make is simply unbearable. To the person who’s snoring, they are none the wiser. They don’t know the loudness of their snoring as they’re away with the fairies.

Waking them up from their stupor to stop the vibration of their airways is only a temporary fix. They’ll go straight back to snoring one way or another; it’s just how their anatomy is. In fact, it can also keep them awake at night too, as the sound of their own snoring can alert their hearing sense. This causes them to wake up as if someone was in the room with them or something is happening downstairs such as an intruder breaking in.

Constantly waking up during the night because of your own snoring gets really annoying really quickly. It can lead to weight gain, and issues during the day when you’re awake. Since you haven’t got the rest you need, you become drowsy, irritable, have a hard time focusing and doing just simple menial tasks with a decent degree of quality. Stop Snoring Now! Is a great place to learn how you can help your child that is suffering from any of the three kinds of snoring.

First the most common is nasal snoring, then there’s throat snoring and tongue snoring. Reading the blog, you’ll see many product reviews which you should read to see what would work best for your child. Usually, the person is only suffering from two of the three kinds of snoring. Therefore one product may not fix the snoring but a combination will. Along with the reviews, there are snoring relief guides which are tips and tricks you can do to minimize the chances of snoring in the first place.

Flipping through the posts, it’s clear to see that men and women snore differently and have different brain activity during the night. So if your child is a boy or girl, not only can you study the various devices that would work best for each gender, but understand what’s going on better too.

If your child seems more tired than all the other kids, it’s only right you should be worried. Speak to the teacher to find out their behavior in class. Are the quick to verbally bite someone’s head off for something minor? Do they have a hard time keeping their eyes from shutting on their own, halfway during the day? Next, fix their diet. Although you mean well, there’s a time when you shouldn’t give them fruits to aid in their sleep deprivation. If they snore so loud or have trouble breathing because of airway obstructions, the snoring devices on that blog can help you understand and fix these problems.

 

Conclusion

Sleep is very important to your child’s mental health and is necessary for children to work and grow to their full potential. It is recommended that school-aged children get 9 to 11 hours of sleep every day although 7 to 8 or even 12 hours may be appropriate. Lack of sleep is usually the main reason for a child’s lack of energy.

There are many reasons parents worry and when your child is tired you have every right to be scared. Take the steps necessary to ensure your children get enough sleep so they can do well in school and health wise. 

Some more steps you can take to help your child get a good night’s rest include:

Make a bedtime routine and help your child stick to it. Make sure their bedroom is an ideal sleep environment. Create a routine to help them mellow down before bed, like a warm bath or a bedtime story. Lastly, caffeine is no good for you or your children before bed. 

Has your child ever seemed more tired than usual? What did you do to help? I would love to hear your experiences below.

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