Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Did You Know?


Did you know... 

You should sleep at least ONE hour for ever TWO hours you are awake?

Some research says that lack of sleep ages you while others state it doesn't, because you will age at the same consistent daily rate no matter what.  Doctors have stated that at the very least an adult should get no less than 6 hours of sleep every night.

Lack of sleep in children can be very critical to their growth and overall performance in their school work.  Without a full nights rest for your child it has been proven that is harder for them to concentrate in school with symptoms of hyper, disagreeable, and sometimes extremes in behavior.


So, what is considered a full nights rest for a child?


Newborns:
Between 16 to 20 hours of total sleep a day, divided equally between the daylight and night time hours, spending 3 to 4 hours of the sleep at a time.

6 to 12 months:
About 11 hours a night with a 2 - 3 hour nap during the day.

Toddlers:
Between 10 to 13 hours a night, with or without a nap, depending on if the child gets overly tired.

Preschoolers:
Between 10 to 12 hours, with or without a nap, depending on if the child gets overly tired or at age 5 years they don't really require a nap at all, if they are getting their full 10 - 12 hours a night.

Teens:
Between 8 - 9.50 hours a night.  As your teen progresses through puberty you might find that they require and will sleep upwards to 12 hours, especially if they are active.


One of the most important guidelines for a successful sleeping regimen for the entire family is to establish a healthy night time ritual of getting ready for bed and sticking to it.


Nighty, night!

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