How much sleep does a teenager need?
Sleep needs are very individual so it is important to remember this and to recognise that it is not just about quantity of sleep, quality of the sleep is also key. Teenagers will need on average around 9 hours of sleep per night with some needing more and others needing less. Look out for signs of tiredness during the day or difficulty waking in the morning to work out if they are having enough sleep.
Should I let my teenager sleep in late?
If a young person is struggling to achieve a good night’s sleep lie ins are best avoided. A set wake up time each morning can help to strengthen their body clock making it easier to get up on time for school. Staying in bed will disrupt the body clock meaning that they aren’t tired until later which will then have a knock on effect the next day.
Should I let my teenager choose their own bed time?
Young people need to be empowered with sleep knowledge so that they can understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. It is important to support them in trying to work out how much sleep they need to be able to meet their full potential. Work with them too to identify what time they need to be wake in the morning. Using this information you can encourage them to work out their own appropriate bed time.
What size bed should I choose for my child? Is an adult size bed okay for a child?
There are a number of things to think about when choosing a bed for your child. You need to consider price, size and the space you have to house it in. Some beds have storage facilities built into them while others incorporate a pull out bed that can be ideal for sleepovers. The Sleep Council has some great advice on their website for choosing beds www.sleepcouncil.org.uk
The size of the bed depends on your child. Some children enjoy being in a large bed whereas others feel safer and more secure in a bed that is more enclosed such as a cabin style bed. Involve your child in the purchase of the bed so that it meets their needs.