The primary need for rest is revealed often through misbehavior, which won’t surprise any parent of a cranky three-year-old!
There are many factors that keep children from getting enough rest, such as too much noise in the house late at night or too much stimulation from TV or video games. An older child may have a job or may be working on homework very late each night. Parents working split shifts may affect their children’s sleeping habits. Use of certain medications may also contribute to a lack of sleep or abnormal drowsiness during the day.
Think about which factors in your home or your child’s life may be keeping him or her from getting enough rest and talk to your doctor or school nurse if you have concerns.