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Old 12-17-2009, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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After reading that kids age 6-12 need 9-11 hours of sleep a night, does that line up with the amount of sleep that your kids get?

"Kids ages 3 - 5 need about 11 to 13 hours of sleep every night. Nine to 11 hours if they are ages 6-12. And adults should get no less than eight hours per night. This helps empower your immune system."
(source: coldandflutips.com -- as, of course, getting enough sleep = one of the big factors in keeping the flu bug at bay)

I know that every family has their own "rule of thumb," but it'd be interesting to know what others think is adequate.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:51 PM
 
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DD is 3 and a half and she gets between 10 and 11 hours a night. I wish I could get her to sleep more but it's a losing battle.
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:05 PM
 
Location: here
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no mine don't get that much

DS,4 - about 9
DS, 6 - about 8

they occasionally fall asleep in the afternoon, but that is sporadic. Oldest gets up before 6 and doesn't start school until 9. Drives me crazy.
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:16 PM
 
Location: mass
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ideally, if we are all going according to schedule,

9yr old gets 10.75 hrs
4yr old gets 11.5

However, many days we find ourselves running late with our evening routine, and in that case:

9yr old gets 10.25
4 yr old gets 10.5-11

So that is almost in line with the recommendation you quoted.

DD who is 4 really needs the sleep more than her brother, and if she doesn't get to bed on time I can really tell on the days she goes to school.

Normal bedtime rules don't apply on Fri & Sat nights as we are frequently up late, but we also get to sleep in on Sat & Sun mornings. If we have to be up for something they are in bed early.

I couldn't keep my kids up very late in the evening, I'd go NUTS!
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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My 7 year old goes to bed between 8-8:30 and gets up about 6:30 - 10 hours.
My 10 Year old goes to be between 8:15 and 8:45 and gets up about 6:30 - 9.5.

I think its enough and we try to keep to schedule as much as we can on weekends - though if we are out - they sleep in. the 7 year old rarely sleeps past 8 on weekends - the 10 year old would sleep till noon if we let her.
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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2 seven year olds go to bed at 7:30 but not to Sleep till after 8 I'm sure as they share a room Up at 6:30. we slide on weekends.

I'm lucky to get 5.....................
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Old 12-17-2009, 07:32 PM
 
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My 5 year old gets 11 hours a night. 8pm-7am
My 2 year old get about 12 hours a night 8pm-8am
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Old 12-18-2009, 05:55 AM
 
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Our kids get what they need, they go to bed at night when they are tired and never need an alarm clock to wake up for school in the morning. Their weekend schedule is similar to their weekday schedule so that tells me they are getting what they need.

DS14 goes to bed around 9:00, reads for a while, is asleep by 9:30, is awake by 6:00
DD14 is the same

DS17 is asleep by 10:00, up around 6:00. He does sleep in on the weekends until about 7:00, unless he stays up until 3:00 AM . He is a night owl and always has been.
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:17 AM
 
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Our 5y/o gets between 10 and 11. More on weekends. Not enough most days since he is not getting naps anymore in kindergarten.

I am amazed some kids can go on less sleep. Our neighbor lets her 6 y/o son stay up until 10 every night. Our son would be impossible to deal with on that amount of sleep.

Funny, as I get older (I am 36), I have trouble sleeping in. On weekends my internal clock wakes me up at my usual 5:30, just before my regular alarm would go off. Sometimes I can fall back alseep until 9 or 10, but I would have had to stay up until 1 or 2. For the most part I am up by 8. My wife can sleep until 11 or 12.

Think I do better anyways with a mid afternoon nap. Even 20 minutes and I am good to go.
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:20 AM
 
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My son is 11.5 years old and goes to bed school days) at 9:30 pm. He gets up at 6:15 am.
On weekends he can stay up till 10 or later depending. He gets up all times on the weekend, sometimes 6 or 7 or 8.

I am the only parent home M-F at night (husband works) so if I don't get him to bed, I don't get any down time to relax and watch what I want. The funny thing is I get up 5:30 during the week and I zonk out right after he goes to bed most times.
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