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Sleep: Helping Your Children—and Yourself—Sleep Well

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Children need between 10 and 13 hours of sleep each night. Teens need about 10 hours of sleep each night.

A good night's sleep helps your child to grow, to form memories, and to learn. Sleep helps your child stay alert and focused at school and at play.

If you or your child often has trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, talk with the doctor. The doctor can check for any health problems that may be affecting your sleep or your child's sleep.

And you can takes steps at home to set a consistent bedtime routine.

How can you help your children and yourself sleep well?

Helping your baby sleep well

Here are some steps you can take to help your baby sleep well.

Helping your child sleep well

You can help your child sleep well by having a comforting bedtime routine and consistent bedtimes.

Helping your teen sleep well

You can help your teen sleep well by encouraging a calming bedtime routine and consistent bedtimes.

Helping yourself sleep well

Sometimes, things that you do during the day can make it hard to sleep later. Here are some things to try to help avoid trouble sleeping.

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Current as of: February 28, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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