Sleep – ages six to twelve

The need for sleep in children aged six to twelve is 9-10 hours. The attention of school children is heightened during the daytime. Parents should pay attention if the following occurs:

  • frequent daytime naps
  • falling asleep during a short car ride or when watching television
  •  teacher’s remarks about daytime sleepiness
Factors influencing sleep, development, and recommendations

Sensing real dangers and social and academic expectations increases the occurrence of night fears. Increasing independence and responsibility might decrease required sleeping time. Be mindful of the child’s readiness to “turn the light off myself”!
Studying, spending time with friends, and participating in sports might shorten sleeping time. Interactive means of communication should also be removed from the bedroom.
A child is responsive to explanations about healthy sleep, but not able to bear the responsibility himself. TV is not appropriate in a child’s room because glowing screens suppress the normal metabolism of melatonin.


Typical sleep problems

Research shows that many parents find that many children have sleep disorders:

  • reluctance to go to bed
  • significantly delayed bedtime
  • excess daytime sleepiness at school
  • difficulties waking up in the morning

During school age, the cause of excess daytime tiredness is mainly caused by sleep mode irregularity related to a late bedtime. Going to bed 30-60 minutes later on several consecutive nights a week may cause daily behavioural disorders, attention deficit, and obesity.


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