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WHY A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT
Well-rested children are healthier and happier. They have more energy and a better starting point for learning, than children who have had a poor night’s sleep.
Our brains aren’t fully developed until the age of 21, and until then a good night’s sleep is one of the brain’s most important building blocks. It is especially necessary for younger children to enjoy a good, long sleep every night.
Your child’s day is filled with new experiences, and at night, your child needs peace and comfort, so that all new impressions can be processed. If your child doesn’t get a good night’s sleep, all the impressions pile up and the brain won’t be ready to welcome the next day’s many experiences.
Quality sleep boosts your child’s ability to focus, remember and be creative, just as sleep is crucial to the successful development of your child’s reading and mental maths skills.
Not enough sleep, poor or restless sleep can soon lead to a significant deterioration of the mental processes going on in your child’s brain, affecting their ability to concentrate and handle challenges.
The younger the child the greater the need for sleep
Children's sleep needs are to some extent individual, but studies show that many children sleep too little. So, the recipe for a good night's sleep often starts with changing the number of hours your child sleeps. The younger the child is, the more sleep he or she needs.
A child of 11 months will typically need to sleep between 12 and 15 hours a day, while a young person of 17 needs to sleep between 8 and 10 hours.
If your child doesn't get enough sleep, you will soon notice a negative development. Your child will learn less and lack concentration.
0-2 months: 14-17 hours
3-11 months: 12-15 hours
1-3 years: 11-14 hours
3-5 years: 10-13 hours
6-13 years: 9-11 hours
14-17 years: 8-10 hours
18+ years: 7-9 hours
HOW TO GIVE YOUR CHILD THE BEST NIGHT’S SLEEP
Choose the right mattress
Just like good sleeping habits promote good sleep, your child will benefit from a physical bed environment appropriate to their age, size and development.