For most adults lounging in bed sounds like luxury, but when it comes to children they definitely need some convincing to get a good night’s sleep.
Good quality sleep is vital for children, without it kids are more likely to experience behavioural problems and mood swings. Kids who sleep longer generally also have longer attention spans.
It’s also important to remember that growth hormones are secreted while children sleep and this is a key time for the brain to restore itself and consolidates everything it has learned during the day.
In terms of how long kids should sleep for here’s a guideline:
The best way to help your children have good quality sleep each night is:
- One to three year’s old: 12-14 hours a day
- Four to six year’s old: 10-12 hours a day
- Seven to 12 years old: 10- 11 hours a day
Keep a regular and consistent bed and wake time, even in the weekends
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- Create a relaxing bedtime routine for your children to do each night to prepare for sleep
- Let your child sleep in a room that is cool, dark and quiet
- Give them a good quality mattress that is comfortable and supports their growing body
- Ensure their mattress is not old and over worn. Hand me down mattresses often harbour bacteria and dust mites that build up over time and can aggravate allergies and asthma.
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