How much sleep do children need?

How much sleep do children need?

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Children of different ages require different amounts of sleep, and even within these rough guidelines, each child is different, some may need far longer than others.
Babies up to around 4 years of age should be getting up to around 14 hours a day, but this can be at night and during daytime naps.
Small children up to 5 should be getting anywhere between 10 and 13 hours of sleep a night.
Children 6 - 13 require between 9 and 11 hours of sleep.
Teenagers should aim for a minimum of 8 hours of sleep a night.
These are ideals as stated by professionals who have studied the impact of sleep on the average individual amongst these ages. We know that there are a number of circumstances which can turn these into an impossible reality.
Creating a routine in your household to help to aim for at least the minimum optimum sleep time can help to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the family within your home.
Creating a routine and a cut off time for technology or play can help to reduce the brain's activity to ensure that it switches off early enough to get a good night's sleep.
With small children, reading to them at night over allowing them to watch TV can help them to switch off and enter a deeper sleep, which might mean that the parents are treated to a full nights sleep instead of being woken up during the night.
The time your child spends active throughout the day can have an impact on how much sleep they will require. Increased levels of activity throughout the day can leave you finding your child settling down to sleep earlier and not stirring until the morning.
For the best night's sleep for your little ones, head over to our Kids beds and treat them to a new, exciting place to lay their head.

Head over to our blog for more information on getting your little ones off to sleep.

This answer was written by:

Richard Jones
Richard Jones has been working at Dial a mattress for 15 years. He is also The Company Director. He enjoys his holidays, swimming, model making, and DIY.
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