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how much sleep you need (but it doesn’t apply to everyone) – breaking latest news

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how much sleep you need (but it doesn’t apply to everyone) – breaking latest news

by Elena Meli

The hours of rest needed depend on your ability to consolidate information during the night. The signs of a possible sleep deficit that you need to pay attention to

Small and very young children are “professionals” at napping: the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends from 12 to 16 hours of sleep in those under one year old, from 11 to 14 hours up to 2 years old and from 10 to 13 hours per day of sleep up to 5-6 years of age, including naps, which at the beginning are distributed from morning to afternoon until at a certain point only the afternoon one remains. As Lino Nobili, vice-president of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine, explains, «there is great variability: some at four years of age take an afternoon nap, others stop earlier. There is no rule, to understand if there are critical issues you have to observe the child and his behavior throughout the day.”

Consolidate information

Without getting caught up in anxiety as often happens to new parents, because each child is truly a case in himself, as explained by Teodora Gliga of the University of East Anglia in a recent research conducted during the lockdown due to the pandemic to understand the real needs of naps in preschool children: «When the little ones are in kindergarten they hardly sleep when and how much they would like. By studying the natural sleep pattern of almost 500 children, we observed that the need for naps is related to the ability to consolidate information during night sleep: the little ones who are more “efficient” at doing so need fewer naps. Everyone has their own needs, which should be respected.”

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Signs of sleep deficit

Nobili confirms this by underlining: «If a child doesn’t nap but enjoys the day, that’s fine, but if he’s agitated, hyperactive, cries and struggles to fall asleep even in the evening, it could be a sign of a sleep deficit and the nap still needed. However, there are “sleep doors” that can be used to fall asleep, which can be recognized by many signs such as rubbing the eyes or the head nodding: it is in those moments that the child must be made to rest, because if the doors close he will be tired but he won’t be able to sleep.”

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February 20, 2024 (changed February 20, 2024 | 11:25)

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