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The Importance of Sleep for Toddlers This time of the year can get busy and your little one’s sleep can be as hard to come by, as it is for busy adults. Children need between 9 to 12 hours of sleep, parents must be vigilant about enforcing bedtimes, setting up bed time routines, and watching for signs of fatigue in their children. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, or AASM, recommends the following sleep guidelines for children and adults:
· Infants 4 to 12 months old: 12 to 16 hours (including naps)
· Kids ages 1 to 2: 11 to 14 hours (including naps)
· Kids ages 3 to 5: 10 to 13 hours (including naps) It’s especially important for children to get enough rest. Not getting enough sleep can reduce the immune system’s ability to fight off infections, and as we know, children are constantly exposed to contagious illnesses such as colds from classmates. Lack of sleep in children has also been associated with health problems ranging from obesity to mood swings, as well as cognitive problems that can have an impact on a child’s ability to concentrate, pay attention, and learn in school.
Signs of Sleep Deprivation:
Your child is sleep deprived if they:
· Have trouble waking up in the morning
· Exhibit irritable behavior
· Seem overly emotional and moody
· Are hyperactive
· Have difficulty concentrating in school
· Have trouble staying awake during the day
If you see signs of sleep deficit in your child, try setting up some good nighttime sleep routines and healthy sleep habits to help your child get the amount of rest she needs to be at her best both at home and at school. Given how important getting enough sleep is for children, parents should do everything they can to make sure their child gets the rest they need. If these efforts still don't improve the amount and quality of sleep your child gets (if he wakes up constantly and doesn't get continuous sleep for the recommended hours for his age), call your doctor and make an appointment for a check and possible evaluation with a pediatric sleep specialist.