How much sleep does your 7yr old get?

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How much sleep does your 7yr old get?
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Mon, 12-19-2005 - 2:08pm
I'm just curious at what time your 7yr olds go to bed and then wake up...total time sleeping. My little guy has always been an early riser but has at least extended his sleep to now around 6:30-7:00am. He goes to bed around 8-8:30pm on most nights. So thats 10hrs if i calculated it right. I'm asking because when i talk to some parents they don't put their kids to bed till around 9-9;30pm. Lately i've seen my son taking longer and longer to fall asleep at night. Before he would be asleep in 10min max. and now he sometimes will be laying there for 45min before he is asleep. I would love for him to sleep in on occassion, particularily the weekend to around 8am but i think i'm dreaming. I'm afraid to let him go to bed really late, for fear he will be tired at school. So what time do yours go to bed and rise...i'm really curious to see if mine is the norm or not. Suzanne

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Mon, 12-19-2005 - 3:29pm

Your ds sounds exactly like mine. I've found that he actually falls asleep earlier if he goes to bed earlier. He usually goes to bed at 8 and reads until 8:20 (sharp), but recently he lost that privilege for a week. I was worried that he'd be tossing and turning forever, but it didn't happen. Now on the evenings that he and his brother are esp. rowdy, I put him in bed early, maybe 7:45 or even earlier. He still gets to read until 8:20, but tends to go to sleep faster afterward. I think it helps to have the winding-down, relaxing time. Mine won't sleep in past 7:15 (and this is a record) no matter how late he stays up.

~Lynn

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Mon, 12-19-2005 - 4:19pm

My dd (6.5 yrs old) gets about 10.5 hours of sleep. During the week she goes to bed between 8:30 and 9:00 (and is asleep within a few minutes) and I get her up about 7:15. On the weekends it is usually 9:30ish - 8:00ish.

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Mon, 12-19-2005 - 4:41pm

we start the bedtime process at 8:00, read, cuddle and my 6.5 yo is usually asleep no later than 8:45. she wakes up anywhere between 4:30am and 9:30am on wkends. should there be such a range?

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Mon, 12-19-2005 - 7:19pm

Gillian is usually asleep by 8:45, up for school at 7:15. On weekends in bed by 9 and she wakes up around 7:30.

When Gillian was a baby/toddler we had serious sleep issues so I bought a book by Dr. Marc Weissbluth called Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. He stated something like this, that most parents think putting their child to sleep later at night will make the child sleep later in the mornings but this is not true. They actually lose sleep because they get up earlier and they have a harder time getting to sleep because you have missed their sleep cues and the window of time for when it is best and easiest to get them to sleep in the first place. (This was SO true for Gillian.)He said it is best to get children to bed *before* you notice they are tired (whiny, crying, wild running around, etc.) and you can prevent all that behavior, they sleep more soundly and wake more refreshed.

All I know is that when we started implementing a lot of his suggestions G' started going to bed without a fuss, slept all night and she has been SUPER easy to get to bed ever since.

On the other hand, my other DD has always been a good sleeper and slept around the clock most nights. To this day she's a girl (20) who loves her sleep!

Lynn

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Mon, 12-19-2005 - 8:07pm
I'm glad to see i'm not the only one with kids that sleep these hours. We've tried everything in the book to try and get my son to sleep in later in the morning and nothing really works. Staying up late is a disaster, he tosses and turns, talks in his sleep all night and then still will wake up at 6;30am. Then he'll be grumpy all day. I'm kinda dreading the holidays because i know he will be way off his normal schedule for sleep for a few nights which makes for long days.;0) I think the latest i can recall him sleeping in was 7:45am and that was a pure miracle in my opinion. One nice thing is that it makes for a really smooth morning on school days because he has plenty of time to watch his cartoons, eat, play before he's off to school. Mornings are never an arguement because of this. One negative thing is that weekend mornings are brutal when we've decided to stay up past 10;30pm and watch a show on t.v. because sure as anything he will be waking us up bright and early. Suzanne
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Mon, 12-19-2005 - 9:09pm
I agree with Lynn(nlass99) later you put the kid to bed less sleep and earlier they wake up. It was true with both my kids, and I just couldn't get my point across to some people who were putting their babies to bed at 10 or 11pm. I wasn't really trying, but felt bad for the poor kids, who were all such awfull sleepers! I used to put both my kids to bed at 7pm, start getting ready at 6pm. And it always worked.
Now, seeing how this is all a thing of a past, DS has been really getting difficult at bed time, He was always best sleeper of all, sleeping over 8 hours at 4 weeks of age!
But, now he is just awake until 9, 10, sometimes even later, and then in the mornings I have to drag him out of bed at 7:30 to get ready for school. So, yes he has been moving his bed time lately, and I have been wondering if it is a stage or if he is not needing so much sleep now? But, then why is he sleeping so late in the mornings?
So, we are trying for 8pm bed time, but he doesn't fall asleep until 9 or even 10.
Anyway, it was a really good to find out that maybe other kids same age are doing something similar.
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Tue, 12-20-2005 - 11:12am
I always wonder if i'm doing the right thing. I just kinda let my son's behavior be the cue. If he is yawning all day, kinda sluggish or grumpy we get him to bed early. But I was starting to wonder if i should try making his bedtime later since it is taking him so long to fall asleep. He has never had issues with bedtime. We get him to bed at the same time each night most days and i think that helps. Suzanne
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Tue, 12-20-2005 - 11:20am

Brionna goes to bed at 8:30 and is usually sleeping within 15 minutes. I wake her up at 6:30 and she is usually easy to wake up. Regardless of the time she goes to bed, if left to sleep until she wakes on her own, she will get up around 7AM. She normally gets about 9 1/2 hours of sleep.


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Thu, 12-22-2005 - 2:41am
Your DS isn't the only one who doesn't like to go to sleep. My DD is put to bed at 8:30 and is up at 7:30 for school. The only problem is that she doesn't usually go to sleep until between 10:30 and 11:30, sometimes as late as 1-2am and very rarely I get lucky and she goes to sleep at 7. So yours isn't the only night owl.
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Fri, 12-23-2005 - 10:42pm

My 7yr old is never ready for bed and never ready to wake up, LOL!


I put him to bed between 8:30-9, he usually falls asleep pretty quickly!


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