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Getting your child into the rhythm of good sleep habits

The National Sleep Foundation celebrated Sleep Awareness Week© March 6-13. Making sure your child gets the proper amount of sleep from infancy through the teenage years is an important part of ensuring development and growth.

Guardians every now and again ask to what extent their youngster ought to be resting.

It is significant for your youngster to get the prescribed measure of rest. It is likewise imperative to build up a sleep time schedule that incorporates a set sleep time and a set wake time. These are some simple to-follow rules that will make sleep time an increasingly lovely encounter:

  • A decent standard ought to in a perfect world start around 30 minutes before the real sleep time.
  • Take part in something simple and loosening up, for example, extending or perusing.
  • All electronic gadget use ought to be halted 30 minutes preceding sleep time.

Newborn children’s cerebrums invest a lion’s share of energy in rest mode. Kids must create what is called circadian beat or a rest wake cycle. This is directed by light and obscurity and normally starts to create in newborn children around the age of about a month and a half. This is the thing that empowers the kid to have a standard rest wake plan later on.

The National Sleep Foundation makes the accompanying suggestions for measures of rest that youngsters ought to get as indicated by age:


  • Newborns age 0-3 months……………..………..….14-17 hrs.
  • Infants age 4-11 months……………….……………12-15 hrs.

Sleep Tips for Newborns

  • Watch infant’s rest designs and recognize indications of drowsiness.
  • Put infant in the bunk when sleepy, not snoozing.
  • Spot infant to rest on his/her back with face and head away from covers and other delicate things.
  • Energize evening time rest.

Sleep Tips for Infants

  • Create ordinary daytime and sleep time plans.
  • Make a steady and agreeable sleep time schedule.
  • Build up an ordinary “rest inviting” condition.
  • Urge child to nod off autonomously


Toddlers age 1-2 years………………………………………11-14 hrs.

Sleep Tips for Toddlers:

  • Keep up an every day rest plan and predictable sleep time schedule.
  • Make the room condition the equivalent consistently and for the duration of the night.
  • Set restrains that are predictable, conveyed and authorized. Support utilization of a security item, for example, a cover or toy.
  • Keep up an ordinary and reliable rest plan.
  • Have a loosening up sleep time schedule that closes in the room where the kid dozes.
  • The kid should rest in a similar dozing condition each night, in a room that is cool, tranquil and dull – and without a TV.


  • Preschoolers age 3-5 years……………..……………10-13 hrs.
  • School-aged children 6-13 years…………………….. 9-11 hrs.

Sleep Tips for School-aged Children

  • Show school-matured kids about solid rest propensities.
  • Keep on underlining requirement for normal and reliable rest timetable and sleep time schedule.
  • Make youngster’s room helpful for rest – dull, cool and calm.
  • Keep TV and PCs out of the room.
  • Maintain a strategic distance from caffeine.

NOTE: It isn’t remarkable for preschoolers to have bad dreams or to sleepwalk, which can meddle with rest. Poor or lacking stay in bed school-matured kids can prompt emotional episodes, social and psychological issues that sway their capacity to learn in school.


Teenagers age 14-17 years……………………………….……8-10 hrs.

Sleep Tips for Teenagers

  • Encourage regular exercise.
  • Reduce caffeine.
  • Provide your teenager with a comfortable bed.

Numerous adolescents normally move their rest inclination toward remaining up later around evening time and getting up later in the first part of the day. A few youngsters may experience the ill effects of rest issue, for example, narcolepsy a sleeping disorder, fretful legs disorder or rest apnea. The impacts of your high schooler not getting enough rest may incorporate;

  • Decreased ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems
  • Decreased memory
  • More prone to pimples
  • Increased aggression
  • Falling asleep while driving

The Pediatrics Augusta University Sleep Center at CHOG helps pediatric patients who endure with a sleeping disorder, inordinate daytime drowsiness, teeth crushing, sleepwalking, wheezing, bedwetting or other youth rest issue.

Try not to let rest issues undermine your kid’s life, call 706-721-KIDS (5437) or look at our site at augustahealth.org/chog.

Source: National Sleep Foundation

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