Specialist clinical psychologist Elvin AKI Konuk explained the importance of sleep patterns and quality sleep in children.
Disturbed sleeping patterns can have a negative impact on the quality of life of both the child and the family.
Specialized clinical psychologist Elvin Akı Konuk, who began his speech by saying that sleep is a crucial determinant of physiological and psychological health, said: “Sleep is an important basic requirement for growth, development, physical strength, strengthening immunity and emotional development in child development. Disturbed sleeping patterns or insufficient sleep can have a negative impact on the quality of life of both the child and the family. It is also very important for children’s learning, memory processes, school performance and quality of life.” said.
Sleep problems can hinder the physiological and psychological development of children.
Konuk pointed out that some children’s sleep problems can occur despite providing appropriate environments and conditions, saying: seen. Such sleep problems can disrupt the physiological and psychological development of children. Daily activities, behaviors and relationships can be negatively affected by sleep problems. he said.
Sleeping problems can arise for various reasons.
Konuk noted that there could be several reasons for sleep problems in children and said: “Physical disorders, the child’s temperament, genetic predisposition or emotional issues such as anxiety, stress and trauma can cause sleep problems. In addition, sleep problems can be seen in situations such as parental attitudes, parent-child relationship, sleep patterns and routines, change of sleeping hours or sleeping place. said.
Some babies don’t like to sleep
Clinical psychologist Elvin Akı Konuk underlined that there are frequent changes in the child’s sleeping habits during the developmental period, saying: “There is a constant change in the structure and duration of sleep during childhood and preschool. Every child’s sleep needs are different. Especially in infants, the sleep factor may show biological predisposition. Some babies like to sleep, some don’t. In general, babies have an irregular sleep cycle until they are about 6 months old. During the day they sometimes sleep long hours and sometimes very short hours.” made the statement.
Between ages 4 and 5, consistent and routine sleep and wake times should be established.
Konuk said that children aged 1 to 3 years sleep an average of 13 to 16 hours a day: “It is normal for children in this age group to sleep 1.5 to 3.5 hours once or twice a day. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 sleep an average of 11 to 12 hours a day. Many children in the age group of 4-5 years no longer sleep during the day. During this time, children need a consistent and routine sleep and wake time. Most school-aged children aged 6-12 sleep 10-11 hours. This age period is also a time when positive health behaviors and healthy sleep habits develop. Many children at this age, however, do not want to go to bed and may resist sleep. In such situations, parental attitudes and approaches are critical.” he said.
A sleep toy can be used to help ease the transition to sleep.
What can be done to ease the transition from children to sleep, Konuk said: “Sleep toys can be used especially with babies and in the preschool period. For this, a soft toy or stuffed animals can be used as a sleeping buddy, helping him to relax while sleeping In addition, items such as a pillow or blanket, a child’s favorite outfit or a parent’s outfit, called sleep objects, can have a facilitating and soothing function in helping the child fall asleep.
The baby can only sleep if his needs can be met in a timely manner.
Specialized clinical psychologist Elvin Akı Konuk, who stated that starting to put the baby to bed alone can vary depending on the situation and the process, said: “In general, parents separate babies in their own room from the moment they are born to a certain time. time. Sleeping in the same room gives the parents a sense of security and the baby’s needs can be met in time.” said.
Konuk said that the baby can be used to sleeping alone if the baby’s needs can be met in separate rooms in a timely manner and consistently, and Konuk concluded his words as follows:
“If the baby is not getting breast milk, he can get used to sleeping alone from the moment he is born. However, if the parents are delayed in meeting the baby’s needs, the baby can sleep in the parent’s room until a certain age, but in its own crib or bed. It is necessary to ensure that a child who sleeps in the same room with their parents from birth can only sleep in their own room when they are 1.5-2 years old on average.”