As parents we know that sleep is important for our kids and ourselves. One of the biggest struggles many parents face is getting their little ones to sleep through the night consistently. Many times, we may think this is a selfish goal since that means we will get more sleep too, but new research is showing once again that nighttime sleep is important for young children’s cognitive development.
Bernier A, Carlson SM, Bordeleau S, & Carrier J (2010). Relations between physiological and cognitive regulatory systems: infant sleep regulation and subsequent executive functioning. Child development, 81 (6), 1739-52 PMID: 21077861
Katie Hurley, LCSW says
It's an interesting study, for sure. Toddlers definitely fight sleep, but I've found in my practice that parents do too. Family stress and shifting priorities both seem to contribute to poor sleep and poor sleep habits.