Older Children May Go to Bed Later, Sleep Less, Feel Drowsier
A new study confirms that sleep patterns vary with age. Older kids go to
bed later and sleep for shorter periods than younger kids. Also, nighttime
wakefulness is linked with family stress.
School-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep to restore energy needed for
growth. Signs of inadequate sleep are struggling to get out of bed, napping
after school, poor concentration, and irritability.
Sleep habits are improved by moving bedtime up a half-hour each night,
gradually winding down evening activity, and beginning bedtime rituals an hour
Good sleep hygiene also includes avoiding daytime naps, limiting caffeine
intake, darkening the room for sleeping, and having a regular bedtime.