Making Sure Your Kids Get Enough Sleep

If you want your child to do well in school this year, getting the right amount of sleep for their age is key.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) all agree on the following ranges for the total amount of sleep per day:

Infants (4 to 12 months): 12 to 16 hours (including naps)

Toddlers (1 to 2 years): 11 to 14 hours (including naps)

Preschoolers (3 to 5 years): 10 to 13 hours (including naps)

Gradeschoolers (6 to 12 years): 9 to 12 hours

Teens (13 to 18 years): 8 to 10 hours

That means if your high schooler’s alarm goes off at 6:30 a.m. for a 7:30 a.m. start time, they need to fall asleep by 10:30 p.m. Toddlers that get up by 7 a.m. should go to bed by 8 p.m. But if they’re still taking an afternoon nap, then you can push back your evening routine.

Getting enough sleep can make a huge difference in your child’s mental and physical health. Sleep deprivation can not only lead to irritability and general grumpiness, but also difficulty concentrating, hypertension, obesity, headaches and depression, according. On the other hand, getting enough rest contributes to a healthier immune system, better school performance, behavior, memory and mental health. So don’t shortchange the power of extra z’s for your child; or you either.

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