In this article, you’ll find answers to questions like:
1. How much sleep is best?
2. What's the impact?
3. Who can help?
Don’t be alarmed that your baby or toddler loves to sleep — a lot.
Pediatric and sleep professionals aren’t hitting the snooze button on a recent report urging parents to ensure their children are getting enough sleep.
1. HOW MUCH SLEEP IS BEST?
Twelve to 16 hours a day are recommended for babies from 4 to 12 months old, 11 to 14 hours for toddlers from 1 to 2 years old and 10 to 13 hours for 3-year-olds. This includes naps.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s June 2016 report that emphasizes the importance of children of all ages getting enough sleep each night. The Pediatrics academy also recommends removing TVs and computers from children’s rooms and turning off screens at least 30 minutes before bed.
The Pediatrics academy encourages you to ask the doctor during annual exams for suggestions on how to help your child get the appropriate hours of shut-eye.
2. WHAT'S THE IMPACT?
Quality rest improves attention spans, behavior and the ability to focus and learn, according to study. It’s also easier to regulate emotions and be more physically fit.
In contrast, children who don’t regularly log enough hours often show an increase in injuries, high blood pressure, obesity and depression.
3. WHO CAN HELP?
If you need a crib or additional guidance on safe sleep, contact Home Safe, an organization to help parents of young children, which is funded by Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County.
• Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
• American Academy of Pediatrics