Sleep – third to fifth year of life

General sleep time at this age is 9-11 hours. Nursery school children have one two-hour nap during the day. Some children at this age require daytime naps only every other day.


Factors influencing sleep, development, and recommendations

Resistance to going to sleep is the most typical problem in this age group. Children’s ability to express themselves and manipulate the parents improves gradually. The child is responsive to positive feedback for suitable behaviour. Developing attention and fantasy still favours the occurrence of night scares. At this age, it is suitable to practise evening reading as a part of the bedtime ritual. Preschool children must have a regular time for going to bed and waking up, in order to better adapt to the daily schedule of a children’s collective. Many children receive an “energy boost” around 19.00-20.00. This should not take too long nor disturb the beginning of bedtime-related rituals.


Typical sleep problems

Sleep problems that first occur at 3-5 years of age, have the tendency to become permanent. There is a strong link between sleep disorders and daytime behavioural disorders. Children who still wear diapers more frequently experience sleep related problems. If there are no bedtime-related traditions so far, implementing them might be difficult at this point.


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