How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

This article, entitled "How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?" comes from Jen Lennon, MomsEveryday correspondent from Southern Colorado.

Back to school is just around the corner, and we know there is a huge correlation between the amount of sleep children get and school performance.

“Our brains are very busy while we’re sleeping. And so lots of work is going on in terms of learning & storing information, and helping us get better at remembering what we learned that day but also at doing. At 4, they need 11 hours of sleep. At 10, 10 hours of sleep. And then at 17, 9 hours of sleep,” Dr. Connie Schnoes, pediatric sleep expert from the National Behavioral Health Dissemination says.

When our older kids aren’t getting enough sleep, they may be overscheduled or have too much going on. Younger children may have trouble winding down because there’s so much to explore, or can’t fall asleep on their own.

Dr. Schnoes recommends protecting bedtime and sleep time by making it a priority and modeling good sleep behavior.

About the Author...
Jen Lennon
Jen is the mother of two boys and a girl who keep her and her husband of 20 years busy driving from the theater to the hockey rink to the dance studio.

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