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How Much Sleep Do Children Need?

Dec 23, 2007
Kids are full of energy. They love to play outside, run around, get dirty, jump, kick, scream, etc. It's okay though, because this is extremely normal behavior for young people. But what keeps them going like this and feeling good and healthy is getting the proper rest.

Children should not have to suffer from insomnia, and chances are they will not, provided that their parents keep them on a pretty regimented sleep schedule. Kids do not need to stay up until all hours of the night, especially watching TV and eating junk food. They need to be tucked into their beds, sound asleep, allowing the natural biological process to rejuvenate their skin cells and internal organs. This is vital to their overall development process.

From the time they are babies, children need much more sleep than adults, because their bodies need to become accustomed to a regular schedule, and because their brain function is still developing, as are their bodies in general.

Failing to provide an adequate amount of rest can plague them with trouble sleeping for years to come. Also, immediate consequences would be having difficulty concentrating, being extremely moody, not to mention slowing their metabolism and even affecting their immunity. And besides, do you really want them to suffer from insomnia as adults?

Babies, on average, need about fourteen to sixteen hours of sleep each day. Usually, this comes in the form of naps that range from one to four hours, depending on their size. Their sleep patterns tend to really not be structured since they have no sense of time and cannot differentiate between night and day. Their sleep tends to be very scattered, particularly during the first six months.

As the baby approaches a year old and starts developing more social skills and awareness of day and night, naps will be less frequent, and the hours of rest per night will drop to about ten to twelve. Of course, this will be difficult to accomplish, especially when the child reaches two, and restlessness may occur since they constantly have the urge to play. It will of course be hard for a child to comprehend that they need sleep to avoid insomnia later in their lives, seeing as how the main focus is playing with toys.

Once children reach adolescence at around twelve years old, nine hours seems pretty standard according to the experts. At this stage, they are well into their set sleeping schedules, though they may be getting significantly less sleep. Kids today are involved in so many activities and lead such intense social lives sometimes, that they do not always see the need for sleep during the week, but rather catch up on the weekend. This is proving quite a challenge, as younger and younger children are experiencing bouts of restlessness and insomnia.

If the patterns begin to be askew at a young age, than kids will have a difficult time breaking poor sleeping habits once they reach their teen years. And of course, insomnia will become inevitable during adulthood, as old habits are certainly hard to break. So set the right path for your children when it comes to adequate rest.
About the Author
Sherry Harris used to have insomnia. Now she gets a good night sleep with aromatic sleeping mist fragrances. If you are tired of insomnia go to http://www.ScentToSleep.com. Why don't you bookmark the article you are reading right now? You know you will want to find it again soon.
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