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Everybody needs a certain amount of rest to function. Without it we lose our ability to concentrate, we may lose our temper faster or become uneasy. Children even more so. When they're tired they cry more, complain more, resist more and make far more mistakes. Making sure your child gets the proper rest required for their age and activity level insures a happier and healthier child.
As children develop, both the distribution of sleep in a 24-hour period and total sleep requirements change. A newborn infant requires 16 to 18 hours of sleep a night, decreasing to 14 or 15 hours by age one, 10 or 12 by age four, and less than 10 by age ten. Sleep needs further decrease as adolescence progresses, stabilizing at 7 or 8 hours in adulthood.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|