Are we getting enough sleep?

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Are we getting enough sleep?

An analysis of research by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) shows us exactly how much sleep we should be getting. We all know that not getting enough sleep can have a damaging effect on our well being. For children, this can also have a negative influence on their learning and ability to concentrate at school or on educational games.

The NSF has analysed around 300 scientific studies and put together a useful infographic that shows people at a glance what an appropriate amount of sleep is.

How much sleep is enough?

For adults under the age of 65, they recommend between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. The level of sleep your children require will depend on their ages. Newborns should ideally sleep for 14 to 17 hours in total per day, and infants under the age of one need 12 to 15 hours. Toddlers between the age of one and two generally require 11 to 15 hours each day, with 10 to 13 hours recommended for pre-schoolers.

If you have primary aged children, the guidelines recommend nine to 11 hours a night. Teenagers might like to wake up late, but as long as they are getting eight to 10 hours on a regular basis, this should be sufficient.

We all need different amounts of sleep, but the guidelines can help you determine if you and your children are getting enough of it. A lack of sleep can be detrimental to your health as well as your child’s learning abilities.


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