Importance of Sleep

Importance of sleep

Sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing. It’s something we spend about a third of our lives doing, but, do any of us really understand its importance.

We are often happy to realize that the brain sorts through and stores information, replaces chemicals, and solves problems while you snooze. But this time, let’s understand what the backend process is!

Two thousand years ago, Galen, a prominent medical researcher of the ancient world, proposed that while we are awake, our brain’s motive force, its juice, would flow out to all the other parts of the body, leaving the brain all dried up. He thought when we sleep, all the moisture that hydrate the rest of the body would come rushing back rehydrating the brain and refreshing the mind.

He simply tried to explain that when we sleep it clears our mind and when you don’t sleep it leaves your mind murky. The brain uses a quarter of the body’s entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body’s mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.

According to recent research, it is found that sleep may actually be an elegant design solution to some of the brain’s most basic needs including rehydrating and cleaning it.

Now, just as every cell requires nutrients to fuel it, they also produce waste as by-product and the clearance of that waste is another important problem that each organ has to solve. Our body’s lymphatic system takes charge of this work. This system helps the body to get rid of the toxins and unwanted material from the body. But we must know there are no lymphatic vessels in the brain.

The brain is an intensely active organ that produces a large amount of waste which needs to be cleared off. Unlike other organs, the brain uses a different approach to efficiently clear off the wastes. The brain has this large pool of clean, clear liquid fluid called Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF). Interestingly this fluid and the waste from outside of the brain are pumped back into and through the brain clearing off the waste by-product along its way.

This unique function of the brain of waste clearance happens in sleeping brain. When we go to sleep the brain cells seem to shrink, opening up spaces between them allowing the fluid to rush through and waste to be cleared out. So, the waste accumulated inside the brain during the day while we are busy is cleared off when we sleep.

Now that you know why sleep is so important, make sure you give appropriate time to your brain to clean up itself. Whenever you feel tired give that machine a little break for rejuvenating itself!

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Sleep well while your brain cleans itself!


Pack your bags, pack’em up!

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Travelling is fun and refreshing but when it involves kids it gets a bit challenging. A well thought out plan can sort your life. If you are dreaming of a trip with kids you will end up jotting down an endless list of questions. To simplify this collywobbles and make your stay with kids a success here’s what we have for you.

Try to keep your trip simple! A jam-packed itinerary that requires lot of travelling may turn hectic for young kids and this could often aggravate parents. Young children have short attention spans and get tired very quickly. Hence, avoid complications!

Involve your kids while planning! If your kids are old enough, borrow help from them in researching some fun activities during the trip. This will excite them and believe it; they can come up with some brilliant ideas.

Motion sickness! It occurs when the brain receives conflicting information from the inner ears, eyes and nerves in the extremities. If your child is prone to motion sickness, try distracting him or her during car trips by talking, listening to music or singing songs. Open windows for fresh air whenever possible. Being dehydrated or hungry can lead to a feeling of nausea and headaches. Bring along plenty of water and healthy snacks.

Remember the medicines! It is very important to carry adequate medicines while travelling. During trips, an irregular diet or change in food habit and climate can call for medication. So it’s good to be prepared!

Toysome! Pack plenty of toys and offer one at a time. It is always a fun thing to play games that involve everyone in the family. Carry your kid’s favourite toy to give comfort.

Encourage your kid to maintain a travel journal! Let them pen down what they’ve seen and interesting foods they’ve tried. Who knows, this might also encourage them to try different foods and activities. Collecting postcards from places you visit and asking them to write a message on the back means they can reach adulthood with a library of memories all their own.

Sibling Rivalry: Handle with care!


Sibling Rivalry

We have all read about sibling rivalry and fairy tales like Cinderella but what happens when you experience such a tiff in your house. Sibling rivalry happens when kids feel envy, jealousy or resentment, and can lead to arguments, fights, and competition for attention and power. So when are brothers and sisters having a normal spat and when it is a real problem, how can parents tell that and what must they do to keep peace.

It is a concern for almost all parents of two or more kids. Problems often start right after the birth of the second child.  Sibling rivalry usually continues throughout childhood and can be very frustrating and stressful to parents.

While it may be common for brothers and sisters to fight, it’s certainly not pleasant for anyone in the house. And a family can only tolerate a certain amount of conflict. So what should you do when the fighting starts?

  • Sibling rivalry starts even before the second child is born, and continues as the kids grow and compete for everything from toys to attention. It is important to give responsibilities to the older one and small tasks like helping while changing the younger one’s clothes and nappies, to feed the milk. Make sure you watch over!
  • Don’t get involved. Step in only if there’s a danger of physical harm. If you always intervene, the kids may start expecting your help and wait for you to come to the rescue rather than learning to work out the problems on their own
  • If you’re concerned by the language used or name-calling, it’s appropriate to “coach” kids through what they’re feeling by using appropriate words. This is different from intervening or stepping in and separating the kids. If you do step in, try to resolve problems with your kids, not for them
  • Sometimes it’s best just to give them space for a little while and not immediately rehash the conflict. Otherwise, the fight can escalate again. If you want to make this a learning experience, wait until the emotions have died down
  • Next, try to set up a “win-win” situation so that each child gains something. When they both want the same toy, perhaps there’s a game they could play together instead
  • Set ground rules for acceptable behaviour. Tell the kids to keep their hands to themselves and that there’s no cursing, no name-calling, no yelling, no door slamming. Solicit their input on the rules — as well as the consequences when they break them
  • Don’t put too much focus on figuring out which child is to blame. It takes two to fight — anyone who is involved is partly responsible

Remember, as kids cope with disputes, they also learn important skills that will serve them for life — like how to value another person’s perspective, how to compromise and negotiate, and how to control aggressive impulses.

Music helps brain development

Music boosts brain development

Music boosts brain development

Music is often considered as the universal language by all. Regardless of your age or where you are from, a good melody is something that everyone can enjoy and will reciprocate.

Experts do agree that it is essential to let a child learn to play a musical instrument as music provides strings of benefits. Music is an essential part of every child’s development. A great melody can often light up their eyes, cheer them up, encourage them to move around and dance, and even help instil confidence right at the beginning. And it doesn’t end there.

Studies have shown that music can help with language skills and develop fine motor skills right at a young age. A budding mind can grasp language real quick. A child’s speech is developed as he hums the right words of the song. But make sure your playlist has the right songs with clean lyrics! Nursery rhymes are often melodious and have easy lyrics that help kids to develop their speech.

No one knows for sure but some studies indicate that foetuses can hear and react to music. The study found that exposure to music in the prenatal period seemed to be linked to increased attention, more sound imitation and earlier vocalization in the baby. Soothing, classical music and nature sounds are believed to be soothing, while louder types of music may startle the baby.

Kids who learn to play a musical instrument often seen to have developed a sense of accomplishment that boosts their self-confidence. Children who become involved in a musical group learn important life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together. Music unites people!

If you want your child to develop their confidence, learning to play a musical instrument can help. Every child will need lots of encouragement and no judgement!  Appreciate your child every time they show the courage to play in front of others.