Primary school children need 9-11 hours of sleep each night and teenagers need about 9.
Not getting enough sleep is common in school children. If your child's sleep is disturbed at night, it makes it harder for them to function during the day. It also raises the risk of problems with behaviour and learning. Most sleep problems can be treated or managed.
HealthInfo recommends the following pages
- Kids Health
This website covers heaps of information on child sleep. A good starter article is some of the common issues children have with sleeping, including: delayed sleep, sleep association (the need for a toy or person to get to sleep), bedtime resistance, anxiety, insomnia and restless legs. It has useful tips for what you can do about it. It also links to tools to deal with sleep problems.
- This article focuses on normal sleep for primary school children, common sleep problems in this age group, and a range of strategies to manage them. There is also information about safe sleep for babies, and helping your teenager.
- Kids sleep doctor
A free app to help you understand and improve your child’s sleep patterns. It provides personalised tips.
- NHS Choices
This British site has good pages on How much sleep do children need? and How TVs, phones, and screens spoil kids' sleep.
- Sleep Health Foundation
This Australian site has some excellent information about sleep problems in children. It covers such topics as ADHD, behavioural sleep problems, snoring and sleep apnoea, common sleep problems, sleep terrors, melatonin, and more.