05.02.2014
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child may be getting less sleep than their body craves. A human's need for sleep can decline by up to 11 hours a day during the course of a lifetime - from a maximum of 18 hours for a newborn baby to seven hours as an adult. A 2004 study by the National Sleep Foundation showed that on average, children in the US get nearly a full hour less sleep than recommended at night.
Scientists have linked a lack of sleep in children to problems with concentration and schoolwork, says Dr Neil Stanley, a freelance sleep expert.
To change this pattern, you'll need to help them develop good sleep habits, and set an appropriate bedtime and then stick to it. Twelve per cent of participants slept fewer than eight hours, while only 10% got the recommended 10-11 hours.


A preschooler or young grade-schooler who's outgrown napping needs a solid 11 to 12 hours of sleep a night, and that amount will gradually decerase as they get older.
While the Newsround questionnaire doesn't conclude children are not getting enough sleep, its findings suggest many are going to bed later while still having to wake up for school. School-aged children were most likely to have difficulty waking in the morning, which according to Derk-Jan Dijk, director of the Surrey Sleep Centre, is a sign they need more sleep. Although sleep recommendations might vary through our lifetimes, the one consistent factor is that few of us are actually getting enough of it. Fears about lack of sleep have been with us for at least a century, says Professor Jim Horne, director of the Loughborough Sleep Research Centre. Every child is different -- some need more sleep and some less -- but here are general guidelines for how many hours of sleep a child needs on average each day.Keep in mind that most kids need a lot of sleep -- usually more than parents allow for.


Often, says BabyCenter sleep expert Jodi Mindell, author of Sleeping Through the Night, if a child has poor sleep habits or refuses to nap or go to bed before 10 at night, their parents will assume that they don't need much sleep. Mr Horne says sleep cannot have been easy in the cold and crowded homes that were once commonplace.



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