Why Kids Need Sleep

child sleeping in bedMost adults will tell you that sleep is their best friend--although, for some reason, kids never seem to agree! For many kids, that's just because bedtime is boring or they're not ready to stop playing--but for others, it might be because they don't have a bed to sleep in. Let's take a look at the scientific reasons why kids need a good night's rest (and a safe, comfortable bed, too).

Sleep Facts

Here are a few sleep facts that everyone should know!

According to Harvard University

  • Poor sleep can lead to hyperactivity issues as early as age five.
  • In teenagers, anxiety, and depression are linked to poor sleeping habits 27% and 69% of the time, respectively.
  • Kids who don't sleep well also won't grow as well as their peers.

According to the National Science Foundation and Auburn University

  • Kids who get good sleep tend to get sick less frequently.
  • Plenty of sleep means better grades, better emotional health, and better home life.

According to The Better Sleep Council

  • Sleep is a sort of "recharge" time for body and mind.
  • During sleep, cells can repair themselves, leading to better physical health.
  • The brain and body also release important hormones during a good night's sleep, leading to better physical and emotional health.

Beds for Kids

"It's hard for visions of sugar plums to dance in a little girl's head when she's sleeping on a cold floor. It's hard for a little boy to sleep in heavenly peace on a saggy living room couch. Too many children don't have a bed to sleep in," says Regina Brett."Too many end up sleeping on the floor, on a couch or in a chair, night after night. Every child deserves a bed. It's a basic need."

To meet this basic need and help all kids enjoy the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of good sleep, Sleep in Heavenly Peace is working to build and distribute beds to struggling families at no cost. After all, as we adults know, there's nothing better than a good night's sleep.

To learn more about the national crisis of kids sleeping on the floor or how to get involved, please contact us today. We appreciate your support!