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- Children need more sleep than adults to support their growing brains and bodies. Irritability, forgetfulness, stress and difficulty concentrating are a few side effects of not getting enough sleep. Even one hour of sleep can make a big difference.
- Over time, lack of sleep can lead to several serious health issues, including depression, anxiety, increased blood pressure and inflammation.
- Children ages 1 to 2 require 11 – 14 hours of sleep per night. 3- to 5-year-old children need 10 to 13, 6- to 13-year-olds need 9 to 11 hours per night, and teenagers (ages 14-19) need up to 9.5 hours of sleep, although most usually only get around 7.