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Charities Donate Beds to Improve Kids' Sleep Habits

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Submitted 2010-04-05 00:00:00
Across the United States and elsewhere, new charities are forming with a new focus-- to deliver beds, mattresses, bedding, and other bedtime supplies to underprivileged children. Sleep is proven to be a vital daily necessity for health and well being. And it's not just about quantity. Research shows that quality of sleep is as important, and possibly even more important, than total number of hours spent sleeping.

Children and adults who do not get regular sleep of high quality and appropriate quantity suffer physical, mental, and emotional effects. Tired minds do not process information well. For adults, this means poor work performance. For children, being overly tired makes it very difficult to absorb and learn new information. Many situations that present as learning problems can actually be tracked back to lack of quality sleep.

It is important for parents and guardians to help children get to sleep at a routine bedtime every night and to help children remain comfortably asleep. During sleep, the brain processes what it has recently learned and encountered. Children and adults who regularly wake up multiple times at night are deprived of valuable brain processing time.

To help children achieve quality sleep and establish healthy sleep habits, adults need to help children establish consistent bedtime routines and ensure that the nightly routine is followed every evening. A warm bath is great way to signal the body and mind that the day is done. Comfortable pajamas that meet safety regulations are also very important to sleep success. Nightly story time and book reading with an adult is popular way to end the day, and often opens lines of communication for children and adults to talk about the day, and make plans for the next day. From there, it's lights out, sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite.

That is where bed donating charities come in. Organizations like Build-a-Bed literally build beds and top them with new mattresses that are usually donated by mattress stores. Comfortable bedding for use on the bed goes into a "bedtime bag", along with teddy bears, books, night lights, pillows, sheets, and any other bedtime related items that have been donated by area merchants.

The beds and bedtime bags are then given, free of charge, to underprivileged children with the intention of helping them have more relaxing bedtimes and more comfortable beds to help them stay asleep. In effect, these organizations are not simply doing a helpful thing, they are investing in the future of the children to whom the beds, mattresses and supplies are given. By giving the gift of good sleep, they are giving the gift of more alert thinking and the ability to better perform in school.
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