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Back to School, Back to Sleep! How long should Children sleep for?

Children sleep Back to School How long should Children sleep and why? I know that some parents view the School Summer Holiday’s as a time to break free from routine and let the kids enjoy a little bit of freedom! But as the children prepare to go back to school, it is time to re-establish bedtime routine and make sure that your kids are getting the right amount of sleep. Allowing them to maximise their learning capabilities.

How Long Should Children Sleep?

Exactly how much sleep does your child need? Well according to the NHS, these are the approximate hours of sleep your children should be getting, but do remember that each child is different and you as a parent should be able to gage if you child is getting enough sleep.
  • 4 years - 11 hours, 30 minutes
  • 5 years - 11 hours
  • 6 years - 10 hours, 45 minutes
  • 7 years - 10 hours, 30 minutes
  • 8 years - 10 hours, 15 minutes
  • 9 years - 10 hours
  • 10 years - 9 hours, 45 minutes
  • 11 years - 9 hours, 30 minutes
  • 12 to 13 years - 9 hours, 15 minutes
  • 14 to 16 years - 9 hours

Routines are Vital

The bedtime routine is an essential part of making sure that your child gets the required amount of sleep, and the NHS have a number of handy pages on their website to help cater for small children and teenagers. The Sleep Council also have a fantastic guide called the Good Night Guide for Children which addresses lots of key points including bedding and mattresses.