The subject of sleep can often feel undefined or opinionated, Sleep certainly varies by individual. These regular rest patterns change as we develop and age throughout our lifetime. For children, sleep is an undoubtedly important aspect of both mental and physical developments. The earliest years in our lifetimes are the most volatile to sleep changes and duration of rest needed. As a child grows from a newborn into their teenage years, sleep needs will adjust and the overall amount of hours dedicated to rest will naturally decrease. For parents, understanding the sleep cycles and patterns including the suggested hours of slumber for our little ones will help us optimize bedtime and our entire lifetime of ZZZs!
Did You Know:
- Babies have shorter sleep cycles, moving from light sleep (REM) to deep sleep (NREM) every 50-60 minutes.
- Sleep has a direct link to a child’s overall development and growth impacting a healthy weight, mental performance, emotional regulation and improved abilities.
- There is no use in avoiding naps or daytime sleep to make your child sleep better or longer at night – a child who is well-rested will sleep easier and longer than one who isn’t.
Daily hourly requirements of sleep, according to National Sleep Foundation:
- Newborns (0-3 months) | Daily Sleep Range: 14 -17 hours daily
- Infants (4-11 months) | Daily Sleep Range: 12 -15 hours daily
- Toddlers (1-2 years) | Daily Sleep Range: 11-14 hours daily
- Preschoolers (3-5 years) | Sleep range: 10 -13 hours daily
- School-Age/ Children (6-13 years) | Sleep range: 9 -11 hours daily
- Teenagers (14-17 years) | Sleep range: 8-10 hours daily
Lay your baby on their back. Have the newborns sleep environment nearby your own with limited noise and light disruptions. Avoid over bundling and overheating your newborn.
At around 16 weeks young, babies begin to develop a patterned sleep/wake routine. Infants thrive on consistency, be sure to create order and familiarity in your surrounding rest time rituals.
Dreams and nightmares can feel heightened in a growing toddlers mind. While asleep they may have a difficult time distinguishing these moments from reality. If your toddler doesn’t have a comfort item, consider getting a stuffed animal or blanket to help provide a sense of security.
Your preschooler will begin to feel the distractions of an active mind. When unable to fall asleep they will call out or get up from bed after lights out. Try not to encourage this activity. If you do, a pattern may persist.
School-aged children begin to fight tiredness as their interests grow and hobbies develop. Limit the use of digital devices an hour before bedtime. The blue light emitted from electronics makes it harder to settle down.
The better sleep enthusiasts at Casper Mattresses understand that what grows up, must lie down. Check out the guide below to help you make the most of your little one’s dreamy hours.