16 Sep Are Your Kids Getting The Sleep They Need?
As an adult, we take advantage of every opportunity that we get for a wink of sleep, but sometimes we forget that our children need much more sleep than us. In order for focus to be at a high point and a good mood to be in swing, our children require a certain amount of sleep.
How many hours of sleep should your child be getting?
The amount of sleep a child should be getting differs based on age. Below are the recommended amounts of sleep that children should be getting, based off of their age range, in a 24 hour period.
- 4 to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours of sleep including naps
- 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours of sleep including naps
- 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours of sleep including naps
- 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours
- 13 to 17 years: 8 to 10 hours
These recommended amounts of sleep allow for our children to perform at their absolute best. Whether it be physically or mentally, the right amount of sleep allows for them to be their absolute best. It is also this amount of sleep that contributes to how well your child’s immune system is working.
Techniques to Improve Sleep Quality
It is entirely possible for a child to be in bed or resting, but not getting quality sleep. To make sure that your child is getting the absolute most out of their time sleeping, we’ve compiled a list of a few tips to help improve the quality of sleep that your child is getting.
Turn Screens Off
Children are exposed to electronics long before we used to be. From cell phones to televisions, all screens should be turned off at least 30 minutes before bedtime. These screens provide a light stimulus which signals to our brain that it should stay awake. This in turn, makes it more difficult to fall into deep sleep.
Follow A Bedtime
Our bodies are happy when they follow a routine. When it comes to sleeping, a routine helps our bodies understand what time they should be getting tired at and when they’ve had enough rest. The more that you maintain this routine, the more likely you are to follow and get the hours that you need to sleep. Adding teeth brushing and changing to the routine will help make sure that the bedtime is followed, and not pushed back.
At Little Newtons, we want to help increase the chances of your child succeeding. We start that from a young age where we incorporate nap times and routine activities so that they can develop these skills.
For more questions and techniques to help your child get the best sleep, speak with their doctor. You can also ask their care provider to see what techniques they’ve seen provide success in the classroom. Make sure to check back soon to see what other things we’re up to here at Little Newtons in Plymouth.