Pediatrics: It’s Sleepytime!
Pediatrics and sleep are an important topic. The study “Recommended Amount of Sleep for Pediatric Populations: A Consensus Statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine” explains that children who regularly get the recommended amount of sleep is associated with better health outcomes like improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Every parent wants their child to meet those outcomes, and hopes to avoid risks of insufficient sleep like attention, behavior, and learning problems. Including naps, it is recommended that infants sleep 12 to 16 hours, 1- to 2-year-olds sleep 11 to 14 hours, 3- to 5-year-olds sleep 10 to 13 hours, and children ages 6 to 12 get 9 to 12 hours. However, many parents are still wondering how they can ensure their child gets the recommended amount of sleep and what pediatric sleep disorder risks they should be alert to.
Paruthi S, Brooks LJ, D’Ambrosio C, et al. Recommended Amount of Sleep for Pediatric Populations: A Consensus Statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. J Clin Sleep Med. 2016;12(6):785-786. Published 2016 Jun 15. doi:10.5664/jcsm.5866 Accessed April 4, 2021. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4877308/