21 February 2014

How Much Sleep Does A Child Need?

This is always a question I have asked myself, just how much sleep do my children need? And it turns out that I am not alone, one in five parents also worry that their children are not sleeping well enough. 

As it turns out though, sleep isn't just to recharge the body ready for the next day of fun, but it actually encourages growth and body development. So it is important, very important in fact, that children should get enough sleep every night. 

This infographic, which was made by Carpetright, shows just how much sleep can affect children and what you can do to help children get a better nights sleep. 


Statistics compiled by Carpetright. View their range of children's beds.

Television is a big no, no in my eyes. Whilst cartoons are playing, my children will not sleep and so I always just them off at around 6pm so that the boys can settle down. 

Apparently, eating a snack or having a glass of warm milk can not only help to settle a child before their sleep but can also keep their tummy's full so that they will sleep better too. 

A routine is always important. We always do the same things every night. Dinner, play and television, bath, pyjamas, snack with story and then bedtime. I found that this suited us all perfectly so always try to find the right routine for your family and stick to it. 

Just make sure that you stick to your guns with a routine, no television after a certain time and no heavy meals which will unsettle their little tummies. As long as your children are getting the recommended amount of sleep then they should be fine.

21 comments:

  1. You hit the nail on the head with 'routine'. Absolutely the key

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  2. some good tips. my oldest uses every excuse going to stay up

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  3. Sleep is so necessary, and yes I agree that a good routinue can help children and adults settle to sleep.

    Rachel Craig

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  4. Great tips! I just wish babies and children could sleep long in the mornings lol!

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  5. No television or computers in bedrooms allowed and that includes hand held gadgets. My kids go to their bedroom relatively early, between 7 & 7.30 and either read by themselves or play imaginatively with their toys before they turn out their own lights. They're quite good at knowing when they're tired this way, whereas, with computer gadgets or TV it seems to overstimulate their brains and they can't regulate when they need to go to sleep.

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  6. A lovely relaxed bathtime- (not too much excitement) and a quiet snuggly storytime with warm milk works everytime. routine routine routine!!

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  7. Bathtime and a story and quite time.

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  8. Sleep is important for children and adults. I like the infographic, as I believe it is a good way to show / display information. Likely to make it memorable.Sleep hygiene seems to be a term used by some professionals. I wonder is they consider or address what is causing sleep deprivation, or poor quality of sleep. Whilst moving away from medication as a treatment / cure. If children get good quality sleep, then this allows for their parents / Carers to also get some rest and sleep. This can only be beneficial all round. As allows good quality of life for all involved.

    Today we hear that we live in a stressful world :- WHY? What is causing this stress, and what is being done to tackle this ISSUE?? As it has an impact on quality of life, sleep etc.

    Rachel Craig

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  9. My little girl is bang on with this chart above thankfully! I have friends that are not so fortunate - she has a little milk but the routine is the same as every other night .......

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  10. Pam Francis Gregory23 February 2014 at 21:18

    Sleep is so important and routine will help everyone get off quickly

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  11. Great guidance.

    Rachel Craig

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  12. I like the graph showing suggested sleeping time for children, according to age.

    Rachel Craig

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  13. Why sleep is so important for children :- This encourages us all to ensure children get sufficient sleep. Which can be beneficial for the whole family.

    Rachel Craig

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  14. On re-reading the blog noticed that the word "affect" is used. Which means change of emotion :- Sleep can and does affect emotions. Therefore it is beneficial to get sufficient sleep, and quality of sleep.

    Rachel Craig

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  15. I try to keep up a routine, I desperately don't want another insomniac in the family, although my mum always stuck to a routine with us, so she did her best, I'm just one of the world's non-sleepers!

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  20. Very interesting, my oldest daughter doesn't sleep enough!
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