Choosing the Best Pillow For Children: Why Sleep Quality is so Important
Well-known Australian chiropractor shares tips on how choosing the best pillow specifically designed for children might improve their behaviour and learning abilities.
Sleep is a time for repair, growth and immune activity, all of which are governed by the nervous system. The spinal cord and nerves function most effectively when they’re in an optimal position during sleep, which is why choosing the best pillow for you or your child is so important.
Sixty nine per cent of children 10 years and under experience at least one sleep problem a few times a week or more, according to the National Sleep Foundation, and children with moderate or severe sleeping problems were 12 times more likely to receive a diagnosis of ADHD or ADD than those without.*
It has also been revealed that youngsters who do not get enough sleep are more likely to display moodiness, hyperactive behaviour and experience tantrums – all behaviours that contribute to what causes sleeplessness ironically – and nearly a quarter of children aged between six and seven had poor sleeping habits, which impacted on their health, behavior and learning ability.**
Further research found that children who slept less than nine hours each day were 3-5 times more likely to develop attention problems, behavioural problems and other psychiatric symptoms, and a chronic lack of sleep could potentially affect a young child’s physical and neurological development.***
Dr. Leigh Sheldrick, Australian chiropractor and cofounder of Ollie Owl – a company with specifically designed pillows to support posture and promote deep sleep – says uninterrupted and heavy sleep is vitally important to children’s health and wellbeing. Parents are often unaware how choosing the best pillow for their children plays an integral role in sleep hygiene and sleep quality. www.ollieowl.com.au
“Sleep is a time for repair, growth and immune activity, all of which are governed by the nervous system. The spinal cord and nerves function most effectively when they’re in an optimal position during sleep, which is why choosing the best pillow for you or your child is so important,” Dr. Sheldrick says.
With her extensive experience and knowledge around healthy spines, Leigh decided to contribute to improving children’s health through sleep. By designing a contoured pillow to improve the sleep position, and using low allergenic materials to minimise irritants absorbed and inhaled during sleep, Leigh co-founded Ollie Owl with her business partner, Tania Beattie. www.ollieowl.com.au
“The Ollie Owl range offers parents the best pillow to buy a toddler when moving from a cot to a bed after two years of age, because they support the head and neck and allow the shoulders to remain in a square position that repeats through the lower back and pelvis. Sleeping on the side allows the body to maintain a neutral posture, which is the ideal position for the spine during rest and recovery, allowing the nerves and spinal cord to be in a state of minimal tension,” Dr. Sheldrick says.
Discover more about what causes sleeplessness and how to choose the best pillow for youngsters at www.ollieowl.com.au.
About Ollie Owl
Dr. Leigh Sheldrick is an Australian chiropractor with twenty years’ experience caring for children and families. With thousands of studies supporting the importance of sleep, Dr. Sheldrick noticed a gap in the importance placed on the posture and quality of children’s pillows. This led to the founding of Ollie Owl, a business dedicated to providing age appropriate supportive contoured pillows to improve children’s quality of sleep and protect their posture while they rest.
Her extensive experience studying and nurturing the health of the spine motivated her to positively contribute to improving children’s health through quality sleep. With the help of Tania Beattie, a massage therapist and long-time friend, she designed a collection of contoured pillows to improve children’s sleeping positions, using low allergenic materials.
Since the introduction of Ollie Owl pillows, Dr. Sheldrick and Tania have been overwhelmed by the number of parents seeking information to help their children sleep. Dr. Sheldrick has worked in various multidisciplinary clinics in Melbourne, country Victoria and the UK, where she has gleaned many stories about the ‘power of the pillow’ and how having the correct pillow can transform people’s lives.
Dr. Sheldrick holds a degree in Applied Science (chiro) and has done a multitude of post graduate programs in children’s health. The mother of two is a member of the Australian Spinal Research Foundation, the Chiropractic Association of Australia and the College of Chiropractic Neuro-developmental Paediatrics.
Tania brings her passion for children’s health and wellbeing, as well as her expertise in administration and customer service, to ensure Ollie Owl customers always have an outstanding experience when purchasing an Ollie Owl pillow.
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