The Importance of Kids Catching Zs: How Sleep Impacts Kids’ Anxiety, Depression and Behavioral Health
Good sleep is key for kids’ mental health.
Not getting enough sleep changes how kids process emotions. They may feel more anxious, rebellious or emotional, and not getting enough can make the symptoms of conditions like anxiety and ADHD worse.
Lack of sleep may increase a child’s risk of developing anxiety or depression later in life, and in teens, trouble sleeping is linked to higher rates of depression and risk-taking behaviors.
Try these 3 tips for peaceful rest:
- Set regular bedtime routines and go to sleep at the same time each night.
- Turn off screens at least an hour before going to bed.
- Keep bedrooms cool, dim and quiet to promote deep sleep.
If your child has trouble sleeping, reach out to your health care provider for help.