Ask SleepBetter: A Question from a Young Visitor

Have you wondered about something related to sleep, but just can’t find the answer? Lots of people do, and that’s why we created Ask SleepBetter. You can ask your own question on the SleepBetter Facebook Page, or by using our Ask SleepBetter contact form. We will try to answer as many questions as possible, but we are not able to answer queries about physical issues or medicinal issues. Those should be addressed face-to-face with a physician.

Last week’s question was about bed longevity.  Today’s question is from one of our younger website visitors:

“I’m 10 years old.  I would like to know if I go to bed at 9:30 And wake up at 6:45 is that enough sleep?”
-Brendan (via email)

It sounds like this question might have something to do with a family debate about bedtime, but we’ll dive right in regardless. If you go to sleep at 9:30 and wake at 6:45, that means you’re getting nine hours and 15 minutes of sleep.  According to our article that charts how much sleep kids need (, you’re in the age group that needs 10 to 11 hours per night.  A bedtime of 8:45 would be more appropriate.

Below is a list of articles we’ve published here at SleepBetter that include information on the benefits of the proper amount of sleep for children.  These articles may not interest you, but they will surely interest your parents.

That’s just a sample of our articles on kids and sleep, believe it or not.  Recent research has made it extremely clear that sleep is critical for all of us, particularly those who are still growing and maturing.

Sleep tight, Brendan!