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Children’s Sleeping Guidelines

Sleep is an important part of your child’s development, it helps them maintain good health and directly impacts their mental and physical development in childhood.

But how do you know if your child is getting enough sleep?

Well, according to doctors who specialise in sleep disorders, many children aren’t getting the right amount of sleep.

The American Academy of sleep medicine have recommended these guidelines:

(Including naps):

  • Babies aged 4 month to 1 year: 12 to 16 hours per day
  • Children aged 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours sleep per day
  • Children aged 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours sleep per day
  • Children aged 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours per day
  • Teenagers aged 13 to 18 years: 8 to 10 hours per day

In addition to these guidelines, the American Academy of Paediatrics, which endorsed these guidelines said that all screens, such as mobiles, TVs, tablets and computers, should be switched off half an hour before bedtime, as these can often keep a child feeling more awake, and also contribute to sleep problems.

The study has linked poor health with sleep deprivation, as well as too much sleep.

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