How much sleep do we need?
Our sleep patterns and natural sleep watch rhythm change with time. The older we become, the less sleep we actually need. For example, seniors generally need less sleep than young adults.
This is so at the beginning of our lives. A baby needs more sleep than a toddler. But how much? The amount of sleep is of course dependent on individual. Some adults can keep it clean at 6 o’clock a night while others have to sleep at least 8 or 9 o’clock before they can get through the day.
There are also individual differences in babies and small children. But in general, the following can be maintained:
– A newborn baby needs about 17 hours of sleep. This is divided into several sleepies during the day with about 45 minutes between each sleep.
– Around 3 months, babies need about 15 hours of sleep. During the day 3 sleepers total of about 6 hours and at night a longer sleep of about 10 hours.
– Around 6 months, babies need about 14 hours of sleep. During the day 2 sleepers total 4 hours and 10 hours sleep longer.
– About 9 months, babies have approximately the same sleep pattern as babies of six months. They need about 14 hours of sleep and sleep twice a day and a total of 4 hours.
– Around 12 months, babies need about 14 hours of sleep. During the day they will only have one afternoon meal of about 2 hours.
The above hours and sleepings are guidelines. Babies can rest assured about 1 to 2 hours here!
Afternoon snacks for babies and toddlers
Especially in the beginning, so many afternoon nuts are held. Babies need a lot of sleep. Also during the daytime. The afternoon sleep is therefore a must. When babies are one year old, they have already developed a reasonable sleep-watching rhythm and often only one afternoon daddy during the day.
As the babies grow older they grow up longer and longer. Still, it is very good to have toddlers sleep between 1 and 3 hours. This way they can handle all the impressions of the day and come to rest. Even the parents can relax when their little one is sleeping! However, these sleepings will be shorter.
At what age is an afternoon nap wise?
But when do these lunches stop? Can a child of two still sleep in the afternoon? And a toddler of four, can he search out of school? Here are quite a few different opinions about!
A study by Queensland University of Technology showed that children aged two and over would not be able to keep an afternoon nap. From their research (for which they compared many previous studies) it appeared that a afternoon sleep in these age groups does not lead to a better development. In fact, it would just worsen sleep. According to the survey, children who sleep in the afternoon would fall asleep in the evening, which would reduce their sleep quality.
But again, it is again that it is very dependent on the child himself. Like some adults, some little children need a little more sleep and a powermap in the afternoon may be a result.