Going without or ‘not needing’ the recommended 7 - 8 hours sleep a night used to be a badge of honour, a sign of being more committed, more ambitious - or just plain cooler than the average sleepy head. We have all probably read about Elon Musk, Margaret Thatcher and other power-ahead types who can get by on 4 hours a night. But science has established beyond any doubt what most of have always suspected. Getting enough sleep is absolutely essential to our physical and mental
One very simple suggestion for keeping your children (and yourself) healthy, alert, energised and resistant to illness is to make sure they drink plenty of fluids. We can go for weeks without food but only days without water. Every bodily function, especially digestion, needs water. Water transports nutrients, it flushes away waste and it controls our body temperature.
Children do not always recognise the sensation of thirst. They can find drinking water a bit boring and so
Children can be very resilient and cope well with the demands of a physical illness but they may have difficult questions at this time. How do we deal with their anxieties during this coronavirus outbreak and protect them from acquiring information or misinformation that will make them more anxious?
And how do we help them to understand and follow guidelines?
Thankfully, there are some very helpful resources around:
Many people seem to like this illustrated guide for young