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Sleep - A Message from Ottawa Public Health

posted Jan 5, 2015, 11:24 AM by Sean Crookshank

Sleep is a basic need for everyone. Getting a good night’s sleep is vital for kids. It is needed to help them develop well and perform their best. School-age kids need 10-12 hours of sleep a night. Many kids are getting less than this. Signs that a child may not be getting enough sleep are: 
  • Short attention span 
  • Yawning 
  • Drowsy 
  • Hyper-active 
  • Cranky 

Most kids will resist bedtime but parents should be firm. Here is what parents can do to help kids sleep longer and better: 
  • Have dinner and after school activities early in the evening 
  • No screens in the bedroom. This includes TV, computers, phones and games 
  • Bedrooms should be cool (less than 24C) 
  • House should be quiet 
  • Have the same bedtime routine every night (bath, reading before bed or quiet time, lights out) 

Parents can be great role models and get a good night’s sleep too. 

For more information visit or contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.