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Children and sleep

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Good sleep is important to good health. Children need enough sleep to let their bodies and brains grow and develop. It is hard to know how much sleep children need – if they wake up happy and refreshed they have had enough – but most children sleep less as they grow older.

Experts recommend babies should sleep in their own cots wherever possible, since sleeping with their parents may increase the risk of the baby stopping breathing. If you are concerned about sleep-related problems such as snoring or sleepwalking, it is best to discuss them with your doctor.

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Last reviewed: August 2014

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If your child has obstructive sleep apnoea, she might snore, pause or struggle for breath while asleep. If you think your child has sleep apnoea, see a GP.

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Childhood Snoring and Sleep Apnea

A child who snores may have sleep apnoea, but not all children who snore will have sleep apnoea.

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The Sleep Medicine Service provides specialist services for children who need respiratory support during their sleep with a special mask and machine, and/or monitoring of breathing during sleep or recording sleep patterns

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Sleep & children 3-5 years: what to expect | Raising Children Network

At 3-5 years, children need 11-13 hours of sleep a night. Some still have a day nap of about an hour. Read more about preschooler sleep patterns.

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