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Children benefit from routine. That means regular bedtime and sleep schedules with clear limits set by parents are key to helping kids get to sleep.
If you are wondering when you should set your child's bedtime, here are the guidelines set forth by the National Sleep Foundation.
- Children up to age 6 should be able to fall asleep between 7 and 8:30 pm.
- Six to 11 year olds may fall asleep between 7:30 and 9 pm
- Teenagers should be able to fall asleep between 9 and 10:30 pm.
Most kids between age 5 and 12 get about 9.5 hours a night, but experts agree that most need 10 or 11 hours each night.
Anxious and depressed children sometimes need special support to fall asleep at night, and teenagers have a biological propensity to fall asleep later and wake up later. These are factors that should be considered when setting the right bedtime for your child. Researchers believe too little sleep can affect a child's growth and immune system.