Now that the children are back into
the swing of things at school, do you find them struggling to cope
with the early wake-up calls?
According to an article on
Huffington Post, many kids and teens aren't getting enough sleep
for a variety of reasons.
Boston College researchers conducted a study on
50 countries and found that students from America were the most
sleep deprived, and found that academic performance suffers as a
The National Sleep Foundation suggest children
aged three to six require 11 to 13 hours of sleep and seven to 12
year-olds need 10 to 11 hours at night, older children aged between
12 and 18 need eight to 10 hours of sleep.
Following your child's natural sleep clock can
help you to decide when to set bedtime. Your child will have an
internal sleep clock that may be useful to follow to determine
wakefulness and tiredness. Follow this internal clock to identify
your child's natural rhythms and set bedtime at a time that suits
To help your little one get a great night's
sleep, sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan suggests technology-free
time in the evenings, earlier bedtimes, a calming pre-sleep
routine, a chat with your child, a sleep friendly bedroom and a
good exercise and nutritional lifestyle.
Check out Dr Nerina's sleep toolkit: /sleep-matters/dr-nerinas-sleep-toolkit/