The most common causes of disrupted sleep in children are: anxiety, allergies, a shortage of certain nutrients or a misalignment in the musculoskeletal system.
At the Sunflower Trust, we have a quote tacked to the office wall which reads, “A well trained nervous system is the greatest friend a mind can have,” [Halleck 1898]. We have found this to be especially true for children - after all, the nervous system is at the root of all play.
Play - in particular, sensory or exploratory play - is the vital ingredient in developing confident, competent learners. However, there is another crucial factor...
At Sunflower, we have found that neurological integration has far-reaching effects on health, wellbeing and happiness. Efforts to improve behaviour, concentration, self-esteem or even fitness have limited benefit if the central nervous system is not functioning as it should.
For some children, the prospect of having to sit still and listen can fill them with dread. It is normal for children to fidget - but inattention, confusion, impulsivity and hyperactivity are also signs of attention deficit disorder (ADD).