Parents want to ensure the nursery is as comfortable as possible for their little ones. A good night’s sleep for your child is the most important element of a well-planned nursery. Sleep is no less important than food, drink, or safety in the lives of children. Although this may seem obvious, many children today don’t get the critical sleep they need to develop and function properly.
In the summertime, when it’s brighter earlier in the morning, and the sun is still shining past most children’s bedtimes in the evening, having a completely dark room will help your child to sleep in past the crack of dawn as well fall asleep in the evening.
Sleep is essential as it promotes growth. Babies spend about 50 percent of their time in deep sleep, considered to be essential for adequate growth. Sleep helps the heart. It protects kids from vascular damage due to circulating stress hormones and arterial wall. Sleep affects weight. There’s increasing evidence that getting too little sleep causes kids to become overweight, starting in infancy. Sleep helps beat germs. During sleep, children and adults produce proteins known as cytokines, which the body relies on to fight infection, illness, and stress. Sleep reduces injury risk. Kids are clumsier and more impulsive when they don’t get enough sleep, setting them up for accidents. Sleep increases kids’ attention span. Children who consistently sleep fewer than ten hours a night before age 3 are three times more likely to have hyperactivity and impulsivity problems by age 6. For school-age kids, adding as little as 30 minutes of extra sleep per night makes it easier for them to manage their moods and impulses so they can focus on schoolwork. Sleep boosts learning. Babies may look peaceful when they’re sleeping, but their brains are busy all night long. Newborns actually learn in their sleep. Sleep aids learning in kids of all ages, and education experts are finding that naps have a particular importance.
What better way to ensure a good night’s sleep for a child than to dress the windows with blackout curtains. Blackout curtains will not only make a nursery look wonderful, it will also help provide a critical good night’s sleep for little ones.
There are many styles of blackout curtains on the market. Stop by any of the C&M locations. Our experts will be happy to help answer any questions you have about blackout curtains.