The National Sleep Foundation recommends children ages 6 to 12 sleep 10-11 hours per night. With a new study published in Pediatrics by MassGeneral Hospital for Children researchers linking reduced sleep and obesity, encouraging healthy sleeping habits in children has taken on a new precedence. The study's researchers, led by Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, chief of General Pediatrics at MGHfC, offer some facts and tips to help parents ensure their kids get a good night’s sleep.
Facts and tips for healthy sleeping habits
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The amount and quality of sleep affects a child’s mood, behavior, and learning.
Recent studies link not getting enough sleep to a higher risk of obesity.
Children need sleep for optimal brain functioning.
How can I help my child get the sleep s/he needs?
Set and maintain bedtime routines.
Make the room where your child sleeps comfortable.
Avoid caffeine and sugar.
Keep TV and all screen media (computers, iPads, video games) out of the room where your child sleeps.