Is your little one sleep deprived?

Alan Riley

As a mother or father of little ones I am sure you have asked the simple question, "What time should my kids go to sleep?"  This is all really dependent on the age of your child, how many hours of sleep they need, and what time they wake up in the morning.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following: 

Here at irieoutfitters we recommend using the chart above to determine the time your child should lay down for the night.  Simply figure out what time they must wake up in the morning, and use the chart above to work backwards.  For example, if your child is 3 years old, they likely should go to bed between 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm if they are waking up at 6:00 am.  It is important to follow these recommendations because if a child is sleep deprived they are likely unpleasant throughout the entire day, and this ultimately makes parenting much more difficult.  Parents should also be aware that there are long terms effects to sleep deprivation that can impact a child's physical health, cognition, and behavior.  Thus even more urgency to ensure your little one gets to bed early enough for the recommended sleep hours.

It is also important to not fall into the trap of thinking that if you put your child to bed later that they will ultimately wake up at a later time because they will just naturally sleep for the recommended times above.  Instead, remember this, all people, including children have a natural sleep number; that is the number of hours we need every night to be able to function throughout the day.  If your child goes to bed too late, they may not meet this number.  Studies have shown children who go to bed later are likely to wake up earlier and receive less sleep than needed.  

If you have reviewed this chart and are struggling with the question, "How in the world do I get my child to bed by 8:00 pm?"  We recommend developing a routine and committing to it no matter what because nothing is more important than your little one. An ultimate goal for every parent is to provide an environment where they have the ability to grow healthy and strong everyday.  After all "Happy Little Ones equal Happy Parents!"


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