EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Classes and extracurricular activities are underway, which means families may be struggling to find a balance between keeping up with their busy schedules and getting enough rest. Sleep deprivation can lead to behavioral and health problems in children and adults. So, how much sleep is enough, and how can we strike the right balance? Psychotherapist Jennifer Wickham sat down with Tyler Mickelson with the answer.
Jennifer says sleep deprivation is often an overlooked cause for many performance and behavioral concerns in children. When children and their families come in with fears about mood and school performance issues, parents often have many theories about what is causing them. As parents, we tend to imagine the worst. But, a thorough evaluation should include assessment of a child's sleep habits.
What leads to kids not getting enough sleep? Jennifer says in American culture, we value long hours of work and study as essential for the success we want our children to achieve. Children may be signed up for multiple academic and extracurricular activities. Children's schedules may be so full that they scarcely have time for sleep, and the pressures of success interfere with restful sleep. We sometimes see sleep as wasted time in a short life.
How much sleep do kids and adults need? The National Sleep Institute recommends:
12 - 17 hours for newborns and infants
11 - 14 hours for toddlers ages 1 to 2 years
10 - 13 hours for preschool or 3 to 5 years
9 - 11 hours for school age or 6 to 13 years
8 - 10 hours for teens age 14 to 17
7 - 9 hours for adults
For more on sleep deprivation, watch the video above!