How Much Sleep Should Your Kids Get?
The young kids hate naps and want to stay up late like the grown-ups. The teens are up with music, video games, or hopefully homework. But how much sleep should they be getting per day? According to a recent study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, children aged one to four should be getting 11 to 14 hours of sleep per 24 hour period, including while teens should be getting around 10 hours of sleep per 24 hour period.
The study was performed by the Pediatric Consensus Panel found that varying by a few hours either way, either too few or too many hours of sleep per day, could lead to some major mental and physical health complications, including behavior problems, obesity and depression.
The article published on Monday recommends that if your child (or you) are having trouble sleeping, you should visit an accredited sleep clinic. Luckily Quincy, Hannibal and West Burlington are all home to sleep clinics and can help with sleep troubles.
According to a 2015 article published by the AASM, healthy adults should get a minimum of seven hours of sleep per 24 hour period.
Me? I got about 3.5 last night. Guess who has two thumbs and is taking a nap this afternoon! THIS GUY! (I'm pointing at myself. You can't see it because that's not how the internet works. But trust me... I totally am.)