- Children ages 6 – 12 years old should get between 9 and 12 hours of sleep every 24 hours.
- Adolescents ages 13 – 18 years old should get between 8 and 10 hours of sleep every 24 hours.
The 2015 national and state Youth Risk Behavior Surveys, a , shows that most students aren’t getting enough sleep. On school nights, 70 percent of high school students aren't getting enough sleep.
Parents can model and encourage healthy sleeping habits for their children. Everyone should have a regular bedtime and rise time, even on weekends. Adolescents with bedtimes usually get more sleep than those who don't have them.
Another suggestion is to dim lighting. Room lighting or light from electronics can keep you awake. Adolescents exposed to more light in the evening are less likely to get enough sleep.
Finally, put in place a media or screen time curfew. Technology use may also contribute to late bedtimes. Look at how your kids use their devices and consider limiting or banning altogether their use of technology use after a certain time, or just remove the devices from the bedroom.
Proper sleeping habits are crucial to academic performance. Help your children recharge with enough sleep to power them through the next day and on to success.