Live Life Well @ School ~ The importance of Sleep

Our school is currently involved in the Live Life Well @ School, which is co-ordinated by Northern NSW Local Health.  A snippet will be included in upcoming Bulletins about healthy ways to live life well!  Here is the first, on the importance of sleep!

Live Life Well

Sleep is Essential

“Sleep is essential for a healthy life, and it is important to promote healthy sleep habits in early childhood,” says Dr. Paruthi, 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.”

How much do you need?

  •  Infants between 4 and 12 months – 12 to 16 hours of sleep  including naps.
  • Children 1 and 2 years – 11 to 14 hours.
  • Children 3 and 5 years old – 10 to 13 hours.
  • 6 to 12 years old- 9 to 12 hours.
  • Teenagers to 18 need 8 to 10 hours.
  • Adults, –  7 to 9 hours of sleep each day.

Getting the right amount of shuteye is critical to kids’ developing brains and bodies. The consensus from the panel was that if children clock in enough hours of sleep on a regular basis, it will lead to a host of improvements, plus better overall mental and physical health. On the flipside, the researchers found that sleeping fewer than the recommended hours directly affected a child’s behavior and increased their risk of a number of potentially harmful and life-long health problems.

Putting aside enough sleep for a child is one of the best ways parents can lay a foundation of healthy habits that children can take with them into adulthood. With more than one third of the adult population sleep deprived, sleep becomes paramount for children to avoid the consequences that come with a lifetime of sleep problems.