We all know that kids need more sleep than adults to develop in a healthy way. In fact, extensive studies exist that show that sleep deprivation (not getting enough sleep) can lead to hypertension and obesity, learning, attention and memory dysfunction and in teenagers it can lead to depression and in extreme cases to psychosis (which is a state of deep mental confusion where reality mixes with imagination and absurd ideas called delusions start submerging the mind and hallucinations are often present). But how much sleep is enough sleep for our youngsters? That is the central question every parent should be mindful of.
New guidelines by the american academy of sleep medicine answers this question by defining the amount of sleep kids need depending on their age bracket:
- Below 1y old-12 to 16 hours a day
- 1-2 year old kids need 11 to 14 hours per day
- 3-5 years old need 10 to 13 hours per day
- 6-12 year olds need 9-13 hours per day
- 13-18 year old need 8 to 10 hours of sleep per day
Experts recommend to time bedtime at the same hour every day and keep all electronic devices outside the child room because light from these devices stimulate wakefulness and messes the kids internal biological clock.
for more details on the topic, refer to the original study on the following link: