Sleep deprivation is not limited to adults only. It is a widespread problem
for children as well. Not getting adequate sleep is associated with problems
ranging from decreased school performance and attention and other learning
difficulties to obesity, depression and anxiety, and other chronic conditions.
Children’s sleep routines should include a consistent bedtime and
adequate hours of sleep every night. That means 10-13 hours a night for
preschoolers, 9-11 for elementary school age kids, and 8-10 for teenagers.
Also, have them turn off the screens (computer, TV, and yes, even their
phones) one hour before bed to help get a good night’s rest. Staying
connected and stimulated suppresses production of the natural sleep hormone,
melatonin, and makes it harder to get the shut-eye that every healthy
For more information, speak with your pediatrician or visit the American
Academy of Pediatrics at