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