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Older Children May Go to Bed Later, Sleep Less, Feel Drowsier

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  • 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 beforehand.
  • Good sleep hygiene also includes avoiding daytime naps, limiting caffeine intake, darkening the room for sleeping, and having a regular bedtime.
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