Are Canadian children getting enough sleep? Infographic
To be as healthy as possible, children need adequate night time sleep. Current guidelinesFootnote 1 recommend:
- 9–11 hours of sleep/night for children ages 5–13 years old, and
- 8–10 hours of sleep/night for children 14–17 years old.
But... 1 in 4 children are NOT getting enough sleep.
Let's talk about sleep quality, shall we?
- 1 in 3 children have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep.
- 1 in 5 children have difficulty staying awake during waking hours.
- 1 in 10 children do not find their sleep refreshing.
Over time, insufficient sleep impacts how a child feels, behaves and interactsFootnote 2.
- 17.2% of children that get insufficient sleep report hyperactivity compared to 11.9% of children who get adequate sleep.
- 21.5% of children that get insufficient sleep report stress compared to 10.3% of children who get adequate sleep.
- 11.2% of children that get insufficient sleep report poor mental health compared to 4.5% of children who get adequate sleep.
Catching more Zzz’s can help with childrens’:
- Physical health,
- Emotional well-being, and
- Quality of life!
Good sleep. Part of a healthy lifestyle.
Learn more about sleep health at Canada.ca
- Footnote *
Compared with children getting the recommended amount of night time sleep.
- Footnote 1
Tremblay, M.S. et al. Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 2016, 41(6 (Suppl. 3)): S311-S327, https://doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2016-0151
- Footnote 2
Carson, V. et al. Associations between sleep duration, sedentary time, physical activity, and health indicators among Canadian children and youth using compositional analyses. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 2016, 41(6 (Suppl. 3)): S294-S302, https://doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2016-0026
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