Clinical psychologist and author Dr. Beth Grosshans has over 25 years of experience in the field of child development. An Ohio State University alumna, Dr. Beth Grosshans is now focused on writing books on the subject.
Recent studies are finding that a crucial element of healthy development in childhood lies in the amount of sleep that children get each night. In June of 2015, professionals gathered in Seattle for the SLEEP 2015 conference, and discussed the consequences of poor sleeping habits in children of all ages.
It has been previously established that sleep is necessary for the storage of long-term memory, but recent data has revealed that deep sleep may be the period of time a child’s brain uses to “clean: itself, flushing out unnecessary information. Additionally, sleep is needed to provide children’s growth hormones with an opportunity to take root.
In addition to being a contributing factor to diabetes and obesity, a recent study suggests that getting less than eight to 10 hours of sleep per night may make teenagers more prone to poor decision-making. To promote better sleep habits in adolescents, experts suggest limiting technology use and sugar intake prior to bedtime.
Experienced Psychologist Beth Grosshans Lectures on Child Development