Mar 22, 2019

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: We all know that sleep is crucial for kids. But how much should your kids be getting? Dr. Cindy Gellner, what advice do you have for parents?

Dr. Gellner: Grade school kids usually sleep about 9 to 11 hours at night, and it actually takes them about 15 to 30 minutes after lying down quietly before they get to sleep. That's why it's important to set an earlier bedtime so that when they do go to sleep, they can get that full 9 to 11 hours. If you have a teen, they still need 9 to 10 hours of sleep. Some teenagers will do okay with eight, but don't push it less than that. Their bodies will want to get to bed later so they seem more tired than pre-teens. Keep that good bedtime routine as best as possible so they won't be tired at school. If you get your child on a good bedtime routine, they'll do better at school, they'll be more focused, their grades will be better, and you will have happier children.

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