Most parents know that growing kids need good sleep, but many don’t know just how many hours kids require, and what the impact can be of missing as little as 30 to 60 minutes of sleep time.
If you suspect your child isn’t sleeping enough, it’s important to talk to your pediatrician or one of our sleep consultants. In many cases, sleep deprivation in children can be helped with changes to the environment and habits surrounding bedtime.
“Research shows that an early bedtime (between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) works best for babies and kids through school age, and a consistent, soothing, wind-down routine with no screen time—such as TVs, tablets, and the like—will lead to better sleep.”National Sleep Foundation
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine provides some amazing guidelines to how much sleep your child needs at different stages of their development. These numbers reflect total sleep hours in a 24-hour period.
Let’s break it down even more. While every child is slightly different in terms of how much sleep they need, most require the following to be fully rested: