Most of you know I have a deep passion for the biological imperative for humans (of all sizes) to get enough sleep. Some of you might be tired ofhearing about this, even.
Here is a really great article on the effects of loss of sleep on schoolaged kids. http://nymag.com/news/features/38951/
And with the compelling information that our kids (and their parents) really need to get "enough sleep", here are the research numbers on what "enough"sleep is. Remember, for adults, it is 8 hours, and for all ages, these numbers are +or- 15 minutes. According to the vast amounts of research, there are no exceptions, just more or less well hid levels of sleep debt. Keep in mind, too, that especially for babies and toddlers, this is the amount of sleep they get in a 24 hour period.
TYPICAL SLEEP REQUIREMENTSIN CHILDREN(PER 24 HOURS)http://www.drpaul.com/behaviour/images/sleep.jpg
Hands down, my favorite book about sleep is Mary Sheedy Kurcinka's Sleepless in America. If you need ideas getting more sleep for your kids or yourself, let me know. I'd love to support your family in finding the rest and peace you need!