Extra hour in bed for kids?

Sleep experts: it could tackle poor results, anxiety and obesity


21 tips for getting stubborn kids out of bed in the morning

When you become a parent for the first time, there is an undeniably steep learning curve. Add to that the struggle of sorting through fact and fiction when it comes to advice and- whew -it's enough to make you more tired than you already are with that newborn in the house.

Just like those childhood games of telephone when one statement would get twisted by the time it was told a dozen times, there are many parenting misconceptions that still tend to get traction. This is especially true with myths about bottle-feeding-something that the majority of parents will do during their baby's infancy, either exclusively or occasionally.

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Sleep hygiene in children

The lead-up and routine around your child’s bedtime is referred to as their ’sleep hygiene’. Having good sleep hygiene can help your child both to settle to sleep and to stay asleep, and there are several things that parents can do to aid this. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about sleep hygiene and outlines some of the areas that could be considered when trying to ensure children have the best possible sleep hygiene.

Sleep needs

Children of different ages require different amounts of sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) produced a 'Consensus Statement' in 2016 regarding recommended amount of sleep for paediatric populations. The figures below gives an indication of the amount of sleep your child requires on a regular basis to promote optimal health:

  • Infants 4 to 12 months - 12-16 hours of sleep, including naps

  • Children 1 to 2 years - 11-14 hours of sleep, including naps

  • Children 3 to 5 years - 10-13 hours of sleep, including naps

  • Children 6 to 12 years - 9-12 hours of sleep

  • Teenagers 13 to 18 years - 8-10 hours of sleep


Good sleep hygiene begins in the day, with the consideration of your child's food and drink intake.

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The Guardian

Sleep-deprived pupils need extra hour in bed, schools warned

Sleep experts are warning of an epidemic of sleep deprivation among school-aged children, with some urging educational authorities to alter school hours to allow adolescents to stay in bed longer.

Adequate sleep is the strongest factor in the wellbeing and mental health of teenagers, and a shortage is linked to poor educational results, anxiety and obesity, they say. The French education minister to push back by an hour the start of the school day to 9am for students aged 15-18 in Paris.

It followed the publication in December of a study of teenagers in Seattle which found a “significant improvement in the sleep duration of students” after the start of the school day was delayed by almost an hour.

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