Sleep plays a significant role in brain development, and it is therefore important for children to get enough sleep as their bodies grow and mature. Lack of sleep makes it much harder for us to concentrate, and we become forgetful, irritable and prone to being clumsy and making mistakes.
How much sleep does my child need?
Between the ages of 5 and 11, your child will need 10-12 hours of sleep a night.
A bedtime routine is the best way to ensure your child gets enough sleep. Devise a routine that lasts 30-40 minutes, and includes a bath and the chance to read a story together. Try not to change this routine. Bedtime is a chance to spend quality time together. At stressful times, such as when your child starts a new class your child will probably get more tired than usual and need more sleep. Limit your child’s use of the internet, games consoles and TV in the hour before they go to bed and ideally don’t allow your child to have them in their bedroom.