Category Archives: children’s sleep requirements

Toddler Sleep Training Reaps Future Rewards

Sleep plays a more important role in physical and mental health than most people believe. Scientific studies have linked sleep loss to poor school and work performance, heart disease, diabetes, depression, marital problems, stress and a growing list of other … Continue reading

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How to Tell If Your Child Is Ready to Stop Napping

There is no one-size-fits-all rule for napping and when children are ready to stop napping. Even a child whose napping days are long past may occasionally need some extra shut-eye. Whether or not your child needs a nap depends largely … Continue reading

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Move from Crib to Big Bed Requires New Sleep Training Techniques

Moving from the crib into their first big boy or big girl bed is an exciting step for toddlers, one of the first milestones in the long path to independence. Parents are equally excited about their child’s growth and achievement … Continue reading

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Electronics Robbing Children of Sleep

With the school year is ending, children and their parents are looking forward to a summer of fun and relaxation. During the summer vacation months, many families relax bedtimes and bedtime routines. Not only is it harder to get children … Continue reading

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Sleep Loss May Contribute to Bullying Behavior

Bullies get less sleep than the people they bully, according to a new study conducted by University of Michigan researchers. Sleep problems are a common experience among children who are being bullied, but researchers were surprised to discover that the bullies … Continue reading

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Teens Fight Fatigue at School

More than 40% of teen-agers feel tired and sleepy while at school, according to a study by the National Institute of Health and Medical Research. Research has shown that most U.S. teens are not getting the recommended 7 to 10 hours … Continue reading

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Infants’ Growth Spurts Affect Sleep

Babies sleep a lot, but parents often worry when their infant starts sleeping even more than usual. New research shows that the extra shut-eye is nothing to worry about;  it just means your baby is growing. A new study published … Continue reading

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Short Sleepers Need Only Few Hours Sleep

While 99% of us need 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep to function normally the next day, researchers have discovered that a very small percentage of the population not only requires less sleep, they actually perform better with only a few hours of … Continue reading

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How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need?

As every parent knows, too little sleep makes a child cranky, tired, whiny and generally unpleasant to be around. Children’s sleep needs vary by age, but individual differences, activity level, illness, family stress and other issues can affect a child’s … Continue reading

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