How much sleep should your kids get ? Ages and Stages Explained
Posted by: Sue Atkins
I work with lots of parents around lack of sleep and bedtime routines using my 5 Step Solution process to quickly and easily get everyone into a new routine without damaging anyone’s self esteem.
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Like adults, children often don’t get enough sleep at night and unfortunately, not getting enough sleep and being sleep-deprived can have serious consequences for your child’s health, success at school and growth.
Children’s sleep needs depend on their age:
Newborn – 16 hours
Infants – 12 to 14 hours (including up to 4 1/2 hours of daytime sleep in 2 to 4 naps)
Toddlers – 12 hours (including up to 2 1/2 hours of daytime sleep in 1 to 2 naps)
Preschoolers – 11 hours (including up to 2 hours of daytime sleep in 1 nap)
School age (6-8 years old) – 10 to 11 hours
Tweens (9-12 years old) – 10 hours
Teens – 9 hours
Generally speaking you should expect your child to be within a half hour to one hour of these sleep requirements. Talk to your doctor or Health Visitor if your child is sleeping much more or less than this, although it may still be normal if your child is healthy, happy, and growing and developing normally.
Are Your Children Getting Enough Sleep?
If not, they may:
have trouble waking up in the morning
be sleepy during the day
sleep in on the weekends to try and make up for not getting enough sleep on school days
have specific symptoms of being sleep-deprived, such as being irritable or aggressive, having a short attention span, or being hyperactive, many of which are similar to the symptoms of ADHD
In addition to simply having a late bedtime or waking up frequently because of poor sleep habits, children may not get enough sleep if they have obstructive sleep apnea, night terrors or nightmares, restless leg syndrome, asthma (up coughing), and eczema (up itching).
Talk to your doctor if your child has any of these problems, especially if you think it is interfering with your child’s sleep.
But often it’s quite easy to get your children into a simple bedtime routine if YOU are confident about what you want to happen, clear in your instructions, assertive in your body language, and confident in your tone of voice and are determined to ensure that your children don’t mess you about !
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