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Sleep & Kids: Get into a routine to get your kids to bed

09/17/2013

WAYNESBORO, Pa. – Before telling your child “Time to go to sleep,” it’s important to make sure that other lifestyle behaviors are in place to ensure a full night’s rest, according to Jennifer Davis and Sandy Mosley, managers of the Waynesboro Hospital Sleep Center.

The amount of sleep needed varies depending on your child’s age. The following is recommended by the National Sleep Foundation:

• Newborns (1 to 2 months) – 10.5 to 18 hours
• Infants (3 to 11 months) – 9 to 12 hours|
• Toddlers (1 to 3 years) – 12 to 14 hours
• Preschoolers (3 to 5 years) – 11 to 13 hours
• School-aged (5 to 12 years) – 10 to 11 hours
• Teenagers (13 to 19 years) – 8 to 9 hours

“While every person is different, children, for the most part, need more sleep,” Davis said. “It’s important to know your child’s needs and establish a routine that provides the most benefits for getting adequate sleep at night.”

Waking up and going to bed around the same time is important for all children’s bodies to establish a consistent routine, Davis said.

Generally, a relaxing bedroom routine should last between 20 and 30 minutes, she said. This can include putting on pajamas, brushing your teeth, picking out clothes for the next day, and reading a book.

For more information about Summit Health’s Sleep Centers, visit www.SummitHealth.org/Sleep or call (717) 267-7162.

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