General Information


General Information


The most basic of all human need is the need  to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them...

Ralph Nichols

About sleep                                                                                                                    printable pdf

  • It is important that children and young people get enough sleep to maintain their physical and psychological health and development.

  • There is no definitive answer to the question "what is sleep for?", but generally sleeping is thought to be essential for regenerating the mind and body.

  • The amount of sleep children and young people need varies from individual to individual.  Age is only one of the factors that can affect the amount of sleep required:

    - Babies require on average 16-17 hours each day.

    - Older children require 10 hours.

    - Adolescents sometimes appear to need less sleep at night, but will sleep   longer in the morning.

  • There are consequences for children who do not get enough sleep; they are tired all the time, they fall asleep during the day, and they have difficulty concentrating.

  • Younger children who get less than 10 hours sleep have also been shown to be less likely to do as they are told.

  • Teenagers may do less well at school due to not getting enough sleep.

  • It should be remembered that occasional periods of lack of sleep are unlikely to have any long-term serious consequences.

  • Sleeping too much or too little can sometimes be an indication that a child is unwell and/or depressed, but remember that children do vary in their needs.

  • Sleep can be interrupted or prevented by stress, excitement, anxiety, worry, noise, hunger, pain and bed-wetting.

  • It is important to be aware of anything that may be worrying or exciting a child or young person.

  • Sleep can also be disturbed by common childhood experiences such as nightmares and night terrors.

  • A good bedtime routine is important to develop a healthy sleep pattern in children as well as adults.

  • Don’t forget the bedroom environment - make sure that it is quiet, comfortable and conducive to sleep.




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