Sleep is misleading, although sleep is a very important basic act for all aspects of our lives. If you don’t sleep well, thoughts get muddled, emotions run out, and more mistakes are made. In addition, sleeping well is a vital process for the health of people and animals. Although the dream can be quite difficult for adults to understand, it can seem like a more complicated subject when it comes to children.
It is necessary to know that sleep and good sleep is also very important for children and parents must know certain things to help children improve at it if necessary.
Children need to sleep for specific hours
Children need specific hours of sleep each night, and as they grow older, those hours change as well. The National Sleep Foundation released new data a while ago, making it clear that babies and children should sleep the following hours:
- Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours each day
- Babies (4 to 11 months): 12 to 15 hours
- Young children (1 to 2 years): 11 to 14 hours
- Children 3 to 5 years of age: 10 to 13 hours
- Children 6 to 13 years of age: 9 to 11 hours
- Adolescents (14 to 17 years old): 8 to 10 hours
Teens are sleep deprived
Teens seem to sleep a lot because they don’t want to get up in the morning, but the reality is that they get only a few hours of sleep, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. They examined the sleep of more than 270,000 teens over the course of 10 years. According to the results, 72 percent of 15-year-olds in 1991 recorded at least seven hours of sleep each night, but only 63 percent of this group of teens in 2012 were getting adequate sleep.
Lack of sleep in a child can manifest itself in a bad mood, irritability or being overly nervous. For a teenager, it could mean having trouble regulating moods or emotions, or struggling to get up in the morning. Parents should be vigilant in the event that there are good sleep routines at home but even so, children or adolescents do not receive adequate sleep hours. In this case, it will be important to know if there is something that is physically or mentally disturbing to the children.
Too many extracurricular activities can damage children’s sleep
If your child spends his afternoons doing things like going to the band, dancing, tutoring, math classes… then so much activity is probably interfering with his sleep at night. If, for example, your child comes home later than 8 o’clock and does not have time to rest properly, then his sleep may be impaired. If your child wants to do extracurricular activities, it is best to do them as soon as possible in the afternoon.