September 14 – 20, 2020 is Student Sleep Health Week. This event was Organized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) to raise awareness of the importance of sleep health for students of all ages.
According to AASM, 4 out of 10 parents acknowledged that remote learning affected their children’s bedtime and/or waketime consistency. Certain lifestyle changes, like increased screen time and decreased physical activity, seem to go hand-in-hand with remote learning. These changes can also be associated with having trouble falling asleep. And with more schools resorting to remote learning than ever, we’re all only just realizing the full effects of this.
AASM points out that sufficient sleep helps students:
- Excel in the classroom by maximizing attention, memory and learning abilities
- Perform better in sports by being faster, stronger and more accurate
- Feel their best and have a more optimistic attitude toward life
- Look their best and maintain a healthy weight
- Have fun and enjoy life by making better decisions and staying safe
It’s very important for parents to prioritize their children’s sleep health right now. A good starting place is knowing just how much sleep your child needs.
The CDC recommends a different number of hours of sleep per day for each age group:
- Newborn (0 – 3 months) : 14 – 17 hours of sleep
- Infant (4 – 12 months) : 12 – 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
- Toddler (1 – 2 years) : 11 – 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
- Preschool (3 – 5 years) : 10 – 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
- School Age (6 – 12 years) : 9 – 12 hours per 24 hours
- Teen (13 – 18 years) : 8 – 10 hours per 24 hours
But how do you get your child on a better sleep schedule? When you’re establishing a bedtime routine, consistency is key. Try to stick to the same time each night. Things like limiting screen time in the evenings, limiting caffeine, and dimming the lights can help tell your child’s inner clock that it’s bedtime.
During Student Sleep Health Week, pay attention to your child’s energy level. If they’re tired and groggy throughout the day, it may be time to take action and establish healthier sleep habits. When you need an expert opinion, SleepMaster Solutions™ is here for you.