A common question we get here at Engaged Academics from our clients is, “Is my child getting enough sleep?”. Mostly, the answer is a big, “NO!” From our experience, a child’s day has become so filled with school, homework, and extracurricular activities that they are not getting an adequate amount of sleep. Below, I’ve created a list of what the experts say about the right amount of sleep for your child by age. By giving the chart a quick glance, you can tell where your child’s sleeping habits fall.
Recommended Sleep for each Age Group, (in hours).
Age: 1 – 2 (11 to 14)
Age: 3 – 5 (10 to 13)
Age: 6 – 13 (9 to 11)
Age: 14 -17 (7 to 14)
If you are like me, you want to understand a little more about why these numbers are important. So, imagine your body as a factory that has various functions to perform. Like,
Healing damaged cellsBoosting the immune systemRecovering from daily activitiesRecharging the heart and cardiovascular systemhealthy brain functionphysical healthDaytime performance and safety
Without adequate sleep, your student is not going to perform at their potential for long. We all know what it feels like to wake up from a good night of sleep. We also know what it feels like to function on limited sleep. If you have children, you know what insufficient sleep will do to them. It will turn them into ravenous monsters, ready to devour your soul. Well, maybe not that bad, but it can get pretty rough.
If you have an irritable child that’s struggling with anything, start with making sure they are getting enough rest. Then, you can start addressing other issues that might be present.