I’m sticking my neck out here but I’m gonna say it anyway.
There’s no getting away from the fact that the amount of sleep some children need compared to others is totally variable BUT there is also no getting away from the fact that some children are NOT getting enough sleep.
I hear so often comments like ” I’ve tried everything and he’s just not ready for bed before 10 pm” or ” If my child goes to bed early they don’t sleep well.”
But look I’m gonna ‘cut to the chase here” at the risk of being shot down. Putting your child to bed at 10 pm isn’t good for you or them.
Firstly 10 pm is an ADULT bedtime. Secondly, if your little one is up until 10 pm you don’t get any time to yourself or with your partner. Neither of these things are emotionally or mentally a good thing.
If you look at the chart from The National Sleep Foundation it shows a recommended amount of sleep for the age of your child. Now you could argue that your child is falling into the (may be appropriate) range BUT that isn’t the RECOMMENDED range.
Now this chart hasn’t been plucked out of thin air it is recommended via extensive research that was completed over 2 years.
Soooo when you say that your little one goes to bed at 10 pm and wakes at 7 am that means that they could actually only be getting the same amount of sleep as a good majority of adults. Now when we consider the fact that our little ones are learning and downloading vast amounts of information on a daily basis I struggle to see how having the same amount of sleep as an adult can be right or good for a child.
I also know that it can be a habit you’ve gotten into and don’t know how to get out of.