Experts share time your kid should sleep – and tips on getting them into bed

Experts share time your kid should sleep – and tips on getting them into bed

07/06/2021

Sending the kids to sleep can often be quite tricky for parents.

But when your child has a good snooze, they'll be more happy and ready for school the next day.

So what is the perfect time to get your children to bed?

Lisa, a baby and children's sleep consultant, has shared her tips to help parents who struggle to put their kids to sleep.

And Lyndsey Hookway, the co-founder of the Holistic Sleep Coaching Program, claims sleep varies by age.

She said that kids need less sleep as they get older, reducing from 12-15 hours in total at 6 months, to 10-13 hours by the age of five.

Lyndsey said: "Children's sleep is affected by their age, genetics, environment, lifestyle, exercise levels, stress, health and diet.

"The average two-year-old needs 11-13 hours of sleep in 24 hours."

Lisa added: "Sleep cycles happen every 90 minutes. This is handy to know why your baby will wake frequently throughout the night.

"It's important that they can self settle so that every time their cycle finishes, they can continue on back to sleep.

"As for children, think of 90 minute cycles and count back from when you may want them to wake. That will be a desired bed-time."

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Lyndsey explained how it is hard to snooze when sleep pressure is low, which is why adults find it difficult to have an early night.

She believes if you put kids to bed too early, it'll take them longer to fall asleep and instead they could wake up earlier.

The expert said: "If a child is taking more than 30 minutes to fall asleep, consider whether the bedtime is unrealistically early.

"If bedtime seems too late, it's a good idea to try to inch it earlier by a small amount to allow the child's body clock to adjust slowly."

Lisa suggests the best way to move your child's sleep is to do it by 15 minute increments each day for several days.

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If this is too much, you can start with 5 or 10 minutes instead.

Lisa believes that parents should not let their toddler sleep beyond 3pm and make sure they have a cut off point.

She concluded: "This is a good time as you may be preparing for the school run.

"Anything beyond this will interfere with their ability to sleep early in the evening."

Previously we revealed why you should never sleep with a fan on.

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