Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man, healthy, wealthy and wise”. For one to achieve this, good quality sleep is very essential and for that you must be aware how much sleep is required for which age group as the hours gets reduced with age.
A twelve year old needs eight to ten hours of sleep. Proper sleep is very important for a healthy body, fresh brain, good working of immune system, increased energy levels and improved learning and concentration power. Sleep is directly related to one’s behaviour, emotions, relationships and performance.
Newborns need maximum sleep and they sleep for 18-20 hours a day but as they grow up this time decreases. But this cannot be denied that children need more sleep than adults. Not only the quantity but also the quality of sleep ensures the good health of your child.
Your child might be suffering from some sort of sleep disorder if:
A change in sleeping time is not necessarily an indication of a sleep disorder. For example, if your child sleeps late at night, it doesn’t mean he/she is facing any problem because during puberty, melatonin is secreted comparatively later so your child likes to sleep late at night.
Sleep has direct impact on memory. Those children who face sleepless nights are not good at memorising, paying attention and learning, and their behavioural pattern also changes. If your child is over active and cranky try to make him sleep before the usual time. The first thing a parent should do is observe if there is a change in the pattern of sleep of your child. If he is not sleeping on time or wakes up at night or is facing any other sleeping disorder, contact your doctor. You should not wait because once the problem is detected it should be cured at this age itself otherwise it might become a lifelong problem.
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