Why is sleep so important?
Everything that is alive needs sleep to function a normal and healthy life, including children. However, children need more sleep than adults in order to function properly, which may seem obvious. But what is not quite so obvious is exactly how many hours to sleep they need depending on their age, and what happens to them when they don’t get the right amount of sleep.
Children and teens need significantly more sleep then adults to support their fast paced mental and physical development. Although most parents know their child needs a good sleep each night, most don’t know just how much sleep a child should be getting. And not many parents know the impact losing just thirty minutes of sleep can have, let alone one to two hours.
|Age||Recommended||May be appropriate||Not appropriate|
|3-5 years||10-13 hours a night||8-9 hours a night||Less than 8 hours a night|
|6-13 years||9-11 hours a night||7-8 hours a night||Less than 7 hours a night|
|14-17 years||8-10 hours a night||7 hours a night||Less than 7 hours a night|
|18-25 years||7-9 hours a night||6 hours a night||Less than 6 hours a night|
7 reasons children need more sleep then adults
- Sleep promotes growth
- Sleep helps the heard
- Sleep effects weight
- Sleep helps beat germs
- Sleep reduces risk to injury
- Sleep increases attention span
- Sleep boots learning ability
When your body doesn’t get enough rest, you will feel tired cranky and be unable to think clearly in school. Work that someone may normally find easy may feel impossible to them due to their lack of sleep. A lack of sleep can lead to a child being over tired. It can be hard to get over tired children to sleep, purely for the fact they do not wind down in the way most adults do. They tend to act as if they are not tired by trying to resist bedtimes, and becoming more and more hyper as the night wears on.
7 tips on getting your child into a regularly bedtime routine
- Try to get them into a routine of going to bed at the same time every night
- Follow a bedtime routing that is calming, such as taking a warm bath or reading
- Limit foods and drinks that contain caffeine, like fizzy pop
- No TV in their bedroom, it distracts them
- No scary movies or TV before bed
- No exercise before sleeping as it gets adrenaline pumping
- Use your bed only for sleeping, play games and do homework elsewhere
So, how many hours of sleep does your child get a night?