A new bed and mattress can be conducive to children getting
This is the opinion of Jessica Alexander of The Sleep Council, who
noted kids living now have a much better sleeping environment than
their grandparents ever did.
Ms Alexander was speaking after the release of a study by the
group, which found that only five per cent of seven to 14-year-olds
play outside for more then three hours during the week.
This represents a massive decrease on the figure from their
grandparents' childhood, when 20 per cent per cent did so. This
unhealthy lifestyle could be part of the reason why youngsters of
today do not get enough sleep.
Some 89 per cent of the 1,006 grandparents with grandchildren aged
seven to 14 questioned said they spent their free time outside when
they were younger, but 66 per cent of today's kids instead stay
indoors and play computer games.
Ms Alexander said: "Along with a good supportive bed, plenty of fresh air and exercise are
essential to achieving the all-important good night's sleep that
ensures children behave and perform
at their best.
"Youngsters today don't play out anywhere near as much as their
grandparents did - yet running around outside in the fresh air is a
natural and effective way to ensure children get a good night's
She added the temperature of the bedroom is also important, as it
should not be too hot or cold, feature no electronic gadgets and
have the right level of ventilation.
The Sleep Council study follows on from an investigation by the
Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that
discovered using gadgets at night can disrupt sleeping
Exposure to self-luminous backlit displays was found to suppress
the release of melatonin - a hormone crucial in the human
sleep-wake cycle. This means individuals should steer clear of
laptops and tablets up to two hours before they go to bed to boost
their chances of nodding off.
Posted by Michael Ewing