Thursday, December 16, 2010

How much sleep do kids need?

Bedtime routines are important for children. Regardless of age, regular schedules and bedtime rituals greatly impact our ability to obtain sound sleep and function at our best. When it comes to children, this is especially true. Establishing and maintaining good sleep habits helps your child fall asleep, stay asleep, and awake rested and refreshed. It may also prevent future sleep problems. Good sleep habits can not only take the stress out of bedtime, but can help make it the special time it should be for you and your child.

There are no hard-and-fast rules for bedtime, and as always, there is individual variation. Your child is unique. If your routine is working, then it is probably best for you. That said, some approaches work better than others, and the following guidelines have been shown to be effective.

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