Sleep is immensely important to children’s performance in school.  At ISM school starts early and the day can be a long one. Most of our students wake between 5 and 6am… so what time should be be going to sleep?  the article below from webmd offers these guidelines.

3-6 Years Old: 10 – 12 hours per day

Children at this age typically go to bed between 7 and 9 p.m. and wake up around 6 and 8 a.m., just as they did when they were younger. At 3, most children are still napping while at 5, most are not. Naps gradually become shorter as well. New sleep problems do not usually develop after 3 years of age.

7-12 Years Old: 10 – 11 hours per day

At these ages, with social, school, and family activities, bedtimes gradually become later and later, with most 12-years-olds going to bed at about 9 p.m. There is still a wide range of bedtimes, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., as well as total sleep times, from 9 to 12 hours, although the average is only about 9 hours.

12-18 Years Old: 8 – 9 hours per day

Sleep needs remain just as vital to health and well-being for teenagers as when they were younger. It turns out that many teenagers actually may need more sleep than in previous years. Now, however, social pressures conspire against getting the proper amount and quality of sleep.

So – our pre-schoolers and kindergarteners should be going to sleep at around 7pm. Students in grades 1-4 should be sleeping around 8pm.  This seems early, especially in a culture where children seem to stay up very late but it would seem that the doctors are advising an average of 10 hours sleep per night for all elementary school kids.