New American Academy of Sleep Medicine have set new recommendations to ensure your child is getting a good night's sleep!

NBC News says these recommendations show the benefits of getting enough sleep, and the repercussions when kids don't have enough. Apparently, the increased lack of sleep in children is causing them stress!

The new recommendations, available on AASM's website, create a wider range for recommended sleep time.

For your child to get an good amount of sleep, these are the hours:

  • Infants four months to one year of age: 12-16 hours, including naps;
  • Children one to two years old: 11-14 hours, including naps;
  • Children three to five years old: 10-13 hours, including naps;
  • Children six to 12 years old: 9-12 hours;
  • Teenagers 13-18 years old: 8-10 hours.

Other factors like sleep disorders, daily activities, and just life can contribute to a child's inability to get to sleep on time!

Some ideas that can help are turning off electronics, scheduling homework and activities earlier if possible, and adopting a sleep schedule! It's amazing what a sleep schedule can do for not only children, but for adults as well!

If your child still faces sleeping problems, visit a doctor!

This issue also brings me to a previous idea to have later school times in New Jersey. Could later school times mean a better night's sleep for our children?

Something to consider.

Read more about the new recommendations on NBC News.

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