How Long Children Should Sleep For Good Health

Posted: Jun 14 2016, 7:10am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 14 2016, 11:43pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

How Long Children Should Sleep for Good Health
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  • Children Need Good Sleep for Good Health

It has been found by scientists that kids need restful, restorative sleep in order to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day with vim and vigor.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has released certain definitive guidelines for those who want their children to have optimum sleep schedules.

The kids and teenagers who don’t get their daily dose of shuteye tend to be less alert and are subject to burnout on the whole. Insufficient sleep is also the major reason behind a number of diseases.

The guidelines of the AASM include the proviso that

  • infants from four months to a year old ought to sleep for 12 to 16 hours daily. This included regular intermittent naps.
  • Those children who are one to two years of age ought to sleep for 11 to 14 hours on a daily basis.
  • Three year old toddlers and five year old youngsters should sleep 10 to 13 hours in a 24 hour period.
  • Six to 12 year old kids ought to sleep for 9 to 12 hours.
  • Finally those aged from 13 to 18, that is adolescents, ought to sleep anywhere from 8 to 10 hours.

The AASM data was published in the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. And it will also be discussed this week during SLEEP 2016, the 30th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS) in Denver.

Optimal sleep is crucial for a healthy outlook and salubrious health. Not only is sleep a very necessary function in children but it is vital for the well-being of teenagers as well.

"Sleep is essential for a healthy life, and it is important to promote healthy sleep habits in early childhood," said Dr. Shalini Paruthi, Pediatric Consensus Panel moderator and fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. "It is especially important as children reach adolescence to continue to ensure that teens are able to get sufficient sleep."

These recommendations came after a year-long study. More than a dozen of the top sleep study experts in the country participated in formulating the guidelines.

Over 864 articles were studied as a preliminary step in generating the recommendations. It was a lengthy and backbreaking task that saw to it that the sleep guidelines were final and definitive in their scope.

Sleeping less than the recommended number of hours is associated with several ailments. As for covering the necessary Z’s, it leads to various benefits.

To have sweet dreams leads to alertness, composed behavior, improved learning, sharp memory, emotional stability, quality of life and sound mentation and physiology.

On the contrary, forgoing bedtime led to attention deficits, learning issues and behavioral gaffes. Also risks of mishaps, injuries, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and depression multiplied with unsatisfactory sleep.

Teens who tried to forgo sleep were prone to self-harm and suicidal ideation. Many people in the US are not getting their recommended dose of forty winks. They ought to recover from their sleep debt and live healthier lives instead of burning the midnight oil.

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