Establishing a sleep routine is not always easy, but it is very important: this is how much the children should sleep depending on their age
How difficult it can be for mom and dad to sleep. If the child is very small, often making him sleep in his cot is complicated, and requires dozens of attempts and infinite patience; when he grows up, it's even harder to convince him to break away from games, consoles and television to "force" him to go to bed.
However, it is precisely for the health of children that going to bed early is important: according to an Australian study, families whose children go to bed before 8.30 pm enjoy better mental health resulting from the serene and peaceful atmosphere Breathe. But what exactly does it mean to put a baby to sleep early?
Obviously, sleep time will depend a lot on the age your child has. In the first two months of life, babies sleep between 10 and 18 hours a day: some do it for several hours at a time, others with shorter naps (a few tens of minutes). From 3 months to 3 years, then, the sleep hours become 12-14: generally, they sleep between 9 and 12 hours during the night, while during the day they do naps ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours. From 3 to 5 years sleep hours are between 11 and 13, from 6 to 12 years they decrease to 10-11, and from 12 years on they stabilize on 9 hours of sleep per night. Making a child respect these rhythms prevents the onset of behavioral disorders and is a valuable aid against overweight.
But at what time do the children go to bed? When they go to school, and the alarm goes off around 7.00, it would be good to set the bedtime at 9.00 pm for children up to 12 years. When they get older, they can fall asleep around 10pm. It is more difficult, but not impossible, to establish a correct sleep routine in small children: generally, the best age to start doing is between 6 and 9 months. The right time for the beginning of the sleep, in this case, goes from 20.00 to 20.30.
Children who have a good sleep-wake routine are more protected from the risk of developing overweight and obesity, are less likely to run into restless sleep and – no small feat – give mom and dad an important emotional well-being. This is why establishing such a routine is important.