A Wisconsin elementary teacher’s posting on the school’s Facebook page regarding bedtime for children has gone viral. Reaction has been mixed with both praise and controversy. Dr. Brett Kuhn is a child psychologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic at the Children’s Sleep Disorder Center and says that sleep chart is on target.
The chart states a 5 year old child should be in bed no later than 6:45 pm if they have to wake up at 6 am the next morning. Dr. Kuhn says, “I can see where parents may not think this is realistic in our society but the recommended bed and wake times are based on our best science in terms of what children need on different ages.”
Dr. Kuhn says adults don’t get enough sleep either. He says adults, on average, need 8 1/4 hours of sleep. He says those with different job requirements make this a challenge but adults can get creative in order to get the sleep they need. He says health experts often stress the importance of diet and exercise but rarely mention how important sleep is for good health.