Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep? Find Out.

How much sleep do our kids need? The question is commonly debated by researchers and parents alike. The more, the better I usually say, up to a logical point of course. National guidelines under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 8.5 hours of sleep for tweens and teens, and at least 10 hours for children ages 5-10.

According to a recent study though:
• Most 16-year-olds scored highest on a standardized test when they had only 7 hours of sleep.
• For 12-year-olds in this study, the optimal number was slightly over 8 hours of sleep.
• For 10-year-olds, it was 9 hours.

Check out an interesting article in detailing the study. It also discusses “10 risky behaviors more common in sleepy teens” which made me go back to my original the more, the better sleep theory.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."