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Kids And Sleep: A Health Link Often Overlooked

Children Need High Quality Sleep, How Much Sleep and Why?

Anticipating your children’s needs for adequate and good quality sleep. The next installment in how to teach your kids to LIVE HEALTHY. Children who get adequate amounts of sleep is a health link that is often not connected. The biggest group who need their sleep and don’t get it are the teenagers. Adolescents who are in a fast growth spurt need adequate sleep to support this critical period.

Helping your children and encouraging your teenagers to slow down before sleeping is a great star. Educating kids to avoid too much stimulation of the television, video games and cell phones is key to using the period before sleep as a calm one.  Having zen time and teaching this to your adolescent is as important as ensuring your child is getting the adequate number of hours of sleep for their needs.

What is the average number of hours children need to sleep per night? This depends on their age.

Toddlers aged 1 to 3  about 10 to 13 hours per night.

Preschoolers  about 10 to 12 hours per night

Children aged 6 to 9 about 10 hours of sleep a night.

Children aged 10 to 12  a little over 9 hours of sleep a night.

Teenagers about 9 hours of sleep a night. (yet most only get around 7-8 hours)

But each child is different, we know that some kids need more sleep than what is considered average, some less.  Teenagers, who need about 9 or 9.5 hours of rest are regularly not getting adequate hours of sleep a night. Most teenagers get about 7.5 or 8 hours of sleep nightly, really not enough to help to get up in the morning feeling refreshed.

What are your bedtime rituals you use for your children? Do you struggle to get your teenager off to sleep at a decent hour? Shout out your feedback in the comment section below.

Bonne Nuit!

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