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Good quality sleep is vital for well-being

This week has proved to me just how vital is good quality sleep.

I went to bed too late on Saturday and slept poorly after working on my computer well into the evening. Although the fact I did not have a good night is not surprising, given those clear mistakes, what did shock me was the knock on effect into the next day.

It was not serious; I was under-par rather than being truly incapacitated. What it did do was make me consider the implications of consistent problems with sleep and how this might be having an impact on children working from home.

The importance of a good routine is essential. I broke several of my own rules, the worst of which was checking emails and working on the computer until late. When our children are babies we work incredibly hard to get them into a good routine and often this involves repeating the same process each evening. This does not change and it is incredibly important for children to continue to have an unchanging process. For me it is a good hour clear of screen-time and reading some gentle fiction before settling down. This is a good strategy for the girls to follow if they do not have a routine established already.
The Sleep Foundation makes some interesting observations about the main causes of poor sleep:

Keeping the brain stimulated until late in the evening, such as by working late, playing video games, or using other electronic devices.

Napping late in the afternoon can throw off your sleep timing and make it hard to fall asleep at night.

Sleeping in later to make up for lost sleep can confuse your body’s internal clock and make it difficult to establish a healthy sleep schedule.

The importance of keeping active and exercise should not be underestimated. Many of the children are housebound and it is more important than ever that they are encouraged to be active, especially when they are not naturally motivated. This is one of the reasons that the GDST GetActive campaign is both important and a good barometer to assess the health and fitness of children.

With half term approaching I hope everyone will get the opportunity to relax and sleep well!