Skip to Content

A Good Night's Sleep Is Key to School Success

TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 -- Now that children are back in school, it's important to make sure they get enough shut-eye, sleep experts say.

"No matter the age, children report improved alertness, energy, mood and physical well-being when enjoying healthy, consistent sleep," said Dr. Ilene Rosen, past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

"Back-to-school time provides families with a perfect opportunity to re-evaluate their sleeping habits and establish healthy routines to ensure sufficient sleep," she added in an academy news release.

Different age groups require different amounts of sleep on a regular basis:

  • 4 to 12 months old: 12 to 16 hours (including naps)
  • 1 to 2 years old: 11 to 14 hours (including naps)
  • 3 to 5 years old: 10 to 13 hours (including naps)
  • 6 to 12 years old: 9 to 12 hours
  • 13 to 18 years old: 8 to 10 hours

It's especially important for high school students to get enough sleep because sleepy teens do much worse in school than those who are well-rested, according to the AASM.

Research shows that sleep-deprived teens may be more easily distracted and have more trouble recalling information than those who get enough sleep, the academy said, and that not getting enough sleep is associated with attention, behavior and learning problems.

© 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Posted: September 2019

Read this next

Bogus 'Cure' Claims Have U.S. Consumers Snapping Up CBD Products

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2020 -- CBD has been widely marketed as a cure-all for whatever ails you, and a new study finds many Americans are buying the sales pitch. Researchers tracking...

Why Early Bedtime May Be Best for People With Type 2 Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2020 -- It's long been said that early to bed, early to rise can make you healthy, wealthy and wise. Now, new research supports at least the health...

Sleep Builds the Brain in the Early Years, Then Maintains It

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2020 -- For the very young, sleep builds and strengthens the brain, but it quickly switches to maintenance and repair before a child turns 3, new research...