THE SLEEP/ SCHOOL
Research released at the SLEEP 2015 conference in Seattle also showed that healthy sleep habits can set your child for lifelong good health as sleep debt puts children as risk of obesity, diabetes and a suppressed immune system. This is because sleep regulates the neuroendocrine system and glucose metabolism. between midnight and 4am. “As the levels of cortisol drop, the levels of cells involved in allergy (IGE, histamine) tend to increase considerably, which in turn results in the coughing and wheezing between 12 and 4am. For this reason your nose is more blocked during the night with allergic rhinitis, and your skin itches more with eczema. Both will keep kids awake at night,” says Dr van der Schyff.
Ear infections also keep children up at night due to the pain and discomfort caused by lying down. As this increases, the collection of fluid puts extra pressure on the inflamed tissue in the ear.