Many times it is difficult for parents to get their children to sleep, and a new study shows that it has remained hard to get children to sleep for at least the past 100-years.
Researchers have dug deep looking for every study about children’s sleep from the past 112-years and found at least 300 such studies. Overall, Children get and have gotten about 37-minutes less sleep than recommended. Babies between the ages of 3 to 11 months should snooze for a total of 14 to 15 hours, while toddlers between 1 to 3 years old should get 12 to 14 hours. Preschoolers need 11 to 13 hours, and elementary schoolers should sleep between 10 to 11 hours. Older children and teens need a minimum of 8½ hours.
Interestingly; throughout the 100 year period, concerns were expressed that overstimulation of modern life prevented children from getting the rest that they need, and we have been blaming whatever new technology is present. From gaslights, and trolley cars, the radio and television, the Internet and video games, and in reality there is very little proven information on exactly how much sleep children need to function their best.