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What Is Normal Sleep For 8 Yr Old?


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#1 VydorScope

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:22 AM

So we put my 8yr old son in bed around 830pm and he is allowed to read for 15-30 mins, then after that he goes to sleep. He sleeps many nights right through to 8 or 9 am. So figure he is getting around 10 hours a night. That seems excessive to me, esply since the neighborhood kids are out playing later, much later, and still get up for public school. If we let him stay up later, his behavior the next day is effected.

I only sleep around 5hours... so Dunno if I am a good benchmark. :)

What is normal for 8 year old?
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:25 AM

So we put my 8yr old son in bed around 830pm and he is allowed to read for 15-30 mins, then after that he goes to sleep. He sleeps many nights right through to 8 or 9 am. So figure he is getting around 10 hours a night. That seems excessive to me, esply since the neighborhood kids are out playing later, much later, and still get up for public school. If we let him stay up later, his behavior the next day is effected.

I only sleep around 5hours... so Dunno if I am a good benchmark. :)

What is normal for 8 year old?


That actually sounds like an excellent amount of sleep for an 8 year old. People aren't aware of it in our society often, but most kids are actually chronically sleep deprived, which itself can give kids symptoms of ADHD when they don't actually have it. Here's a handy guide: http://www.webmd.com.../sleep-children

So you should pat yourself on the back for meeting your son's needs for sleep here. We struggle with sleep a lot in our house - it is very difficult making sure my 22 month old gets enough sleep, since he has had chronic waking issues since birth that miraculously seem to be clearing up now that we have gone gluten free.
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#3 MitziG

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:08 AM

Yeah, that is pretty normal. My 8 yr old needs about 9-10 hrs. If he gets less, look out! He is homeschooled so we don't usually have a strict waking up time unless we have an appt or something. He usually pops out of bed about 9 or 10 hrs after he went there!
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:46 AM

sounds right. those other kids in neighborhood aren't sleeping enuf. Wait till the teenage years. Sleeping 12-14 hrs isn't unusual for some teens.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 12:07 PM

Great thanks!
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:31 AM

VERY typical! My 8yr old is down at 8p and is snoozing by 830p most nights. He goes down at 8p because he starts his feeds at that time. Even before the g-tube, 8p was bedtime because otherwise he is a bear with a sore bumm! Before the tube he was up by 630am and just not a happy camper. Now that he is feeling better, we get at least 7am out of him, but more like 730 before he is awake and HAPPY. He sleeps soooo much better now!
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 06:40 PM

Actually an 8 year old NEEDS 10-11 hours a night! So you are right on track. :)

My kiddo will be 8 in August and loves her 11 hours. I am a HUGE believer in sleep for kids, it plays such a big role in mood, staying healthy, concentration, etc. and a good routine is a wonderful thing, especially during school months. For school, my daughter is asleep by 8pm and up at 7am. She sleeps a bit later on weekends, and during the summer might stay up closer to 9pm, then sleeps her 11-12 hrs a night!

Don't worry about those neighborhood kids :) they are TIRED the next day!
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 06:53 PM

My boys were in bed by 8:30 and asleep by 8:35. Had to get up about 7 for school. Had the same times for summer, too. This was from about 3 years until 10. Then stayed up half hour longer at 10.
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#9 Minette

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 10:50 AM

My twins are 6.5, so I don't know how much will change by the time they're 8. But generally they're asleep by 8:30 and we have to wake one of them up around 7:00 for school/camp. (The other one is an early riser -- generally up by 6:30 on her own -- today she was up at 6:00!)

On weekends they barely sleep in because they're just in the habit of getting up early, but if we go on vacation they start sleeping another 30-60 minutes (even the early riser).

I wish I could get them to sleep even earlier, but there just isn't time since we don't even get home until almost 6:00.
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 10:57 AM

Thanks all! Glad to see I am right and the rest of the neighborhood is wrong :D
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