Are Your Kids Getting Enough Sleep?

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

Today’s children are not getting enough sleep. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) only 31% of teens get at least eight hours per school night.

Insufficient sleep contributes to all kinds of emotional and health issues such as:

· Behavior problems and aggression

· Irritability

· Anxiety

· Depression

· Weight gain

· Headaches

· Lack of energy

· Difficulty concentrating

· Weakened immunity

Contrast that to children who get enough sleep. Adequate sleep leads to a healthier immune system, improved school performance, better behavior, and less mental health issues.

Babies, children, and teens need significantly more sleep than adults. Their brains and bodies are developing rapidly and adequate sleep is crucial for that development. That’s why The American Academy of Pediatrics makes the following recommendations.