How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need?
Sleep is essential no matter how old you are, however, to a growing mind and body a lack of sleep can be very detrimental.
Slowed speech and various behavioral problems can stem from not sleeping enough as can a decrease in cognitive abilities. Many children also experience heightened stress and anxiety without proper rest.
- American Psychological Association estimates that sleep issues affect 69% of children on a number of nights each week. If your child is having difficulty, some things to try are:
- Reduce the amount of noise in the home. Have older siblings who are still awake play quietly and observe a quiet period that starts 15 to 30 minutes before bedtime. This time should be tranquil and there should be minimal stimulation this will allow the mind and body to calm and prepare to rest.
- Make sure that the bedroom is not too hot or too cold and dress the child appropriately. This will ensure that the child will not become restless due to being freezing cold or sweating.
- It is also important to have a set bedtime and routine. If everything happens at a standard time, the body will become adjusted to the schedule.
How much sleep does my child need?
Sleep Requirements by age are as follows:
One to four weeks old
15-16 hours each day
One to twelve months old
14-15 hours each day
One to three years old
12-14 hours each day
Three to six years old
10-12 hours each day
Seven to twelve years old
10-11 hours each day
Twelve to eighteen years old
8-9 hours each day
As parents, you are constantly under the watchful eye of a child. The deprivation of sleep can affect adults in much the same way as children through moodiness and slowing the rate at which your brain processes information. Set a good example for your children by getting enough sleep yourself.
Design the room for sleeping
It is easy to fall in love with the pictures of highly decorated children’s bedrooms on the internet. The problem is that an overly stimulating room can keep a child from sleeping. That is not to say that the room should be plain and contain nothing but a bed. Decorating is fine but save the extreme for the playroom. Keep the colors soothing and tranquil and decrease the number of toys, clutter and electronics. By doing this the child will not have the option to lay awake thinking about the items they see some even go as far as getting out of bed to play.
If you follow these ideas and of course set an example both you and your child can be well rested, happy and healthy!
Michelle is an active member of the nanny community. She is the founder and president of Boston Area Nannies, Inc., a local non-profit educational organization and has served on the International Nanny Association Board of Directors.
She is called on by the media as a nanny and parenting expert and has been affectionately dubbed America's Nanny. Michelle has appeared on television and has been featured in print.
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