Healthy Sleep For Kids:How Much Sleep Should They Be Getting?

We are in week three of the new school year, and while Ethan is having no problems falling back into the earlier-bedtime-school-schedule, the girls just ain’t having it. Every night is a fight. They don’t want to go to bed, and when they get in bed, they don’t want to go to sleep. I’ve had to push bedtime up a half hour just to make sure they are asleep at a decent hour! Healthy sleep for kids is important, especially during the school year. But do you know how much sleep your child really needs?

Do you know how much sleep your kids should be getting? It's probably more than you think. Here are some tips for promoting healthy sleep for kids of all ages.
The CDC recommends the following number of hours of daily sleep for children of different ages:

  • Newborns: 16-18 hours a day
  • Preschool-aged children: 11-12 hours a day
  • School-aged children: At least 10 hours a day
  • Teens: 9-10 hours a day

Is it more or less than you thought it would be? I thought the kids needed only about 9 hours or so, so mine need at least another hour of sleep every night (which means an extra hour of mommy free time too!)

So how do you promote healthy sleep for kids? There are a lot of simple things that you can do to promote healthy sleep; sticking to a routine, limiting caffeine intake, and a healthy diet are all very important. But there are other things too, like keeping a sleep diary. You can find out all about Promoting Healthy Sleep For Kids at the OTCsafety website.

I’ve also written about promoting healthy sleep for kids here! My post How To Get Your Child To Go To Sleep has four simple (and fun) ways to get your kids to settle down and settle in for the night. Make sure to check out the fun song I’ve included, we sing it almost every night at your house!

Do you know how much sleep your kids should be getting? It's probably more than you think. Here are some tips for promoting healthy sleep for kids of all ages.
Now we all of our secret tactics for bribing, begging, pleading, ahem, I mean helping the kids get to sleep. One thing that I want to make sure to say is that you should NEVER under any circumstances give kids over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to make a child sleep. And according to the OTCsafety article about Promoting Healthy Sleep for Kids, OTCs can have “unwanted side-effects, and are best reserved for treating actual cold and flu symptoms. Diphenhydramine alone is approved by the FDA for “mild nighttime sedation” for children 12 or older. However, this is a treatment of last resort because it can cause drowsiness that extends into the daytime, affecting school and sports performance and other unwanted effects. In some children, diphenhydramine can actually cause hyperactivity.”

Do you know how much sleep your kids should be getting? It's probably more than you think. Here are some tips for promoting healthy sleep for kids of all ages.
For more information about over-the-counter medicine safety, you can check out my posts I’ve written as an OTCsafety Ambassador.

What healthy sleep for kids tips and suggestions can you give that helps you get your children back on a regular sleeping schedule once school starts? 

Disclaimer: I’m being compensated as an OTCSafety Blogger, though all thoughts, opinions, and suggestions expressed here are my own. Keep up-to-date on OTCSafety information by visiting the OTCSafety website  and by following them on Pinterest.

Comments

  1. 11-12 hours for my kids? Damn, there are days where I’d be surprised if they sleep for 8 . . . they haven’t quite kicked the nap habit, but they’re fighting it – and every night is a fight at bedtime. Every single night.

    But, yeah, I know that, despite the siren’s call, any “sleep aid” is just begging for bigger problems down the line.
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  2. My kids are good sleepers, once they get to bed. It’s getting them to settle down that’s the problem, sometimes. We do early bedtimes as much as we can the week before school starts. Luckily they are able to wake up early enough without too much coaxing (or nagging) by me.
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  3. I’m so afraid my son is going to adapt to my terrible sleep habits. I’m surprised he needs 10 hours a night. I’ll have to get going on that!
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