Children who get enough sleep every night perform better throughout the day and are less likely to develop behavior problems, moodiness, anxiety, or depression. The amount of sleep each child needs differs, but in general children 3-5 years old require at lease 12 hours of sleep each night and a nap during the day. On average, toddlers need 11 hours of sleep per night and a two hour nap, and babies need approximately 14 to 18 hours of sleep everyday.
You can tell if your child is getting enough sleep by checking if your child can fall asleep within a period of fifteen minutes to half an hour at night, wakes up easily and appears wide awake, energetic and alert throughout the school day.
Establish a consistent bedtime routine in order to help your child get the proper amount of sleep. Use the same bedtime routine and bedtime every night of the week and weekends. A typical bedtime routine might include a relaxing bath, brushing teeth, changing into pajamas, reading a book, and saying goodnight. Activities such as rough housing, television watching, and exercise right before bed can over stimulate children and make it more difficult for them to go to sleep. Also, monitor drinks and snacks before bedtime. For example, one caffeinated soda such as a coke can say in a toddler’s system 8 to 10 hours.