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What about children’s sleep in families ? This survey on 1 780 households could have been called « dodoscopy » !

At Laboratoires Laudavie, we know that as parents, sleep is unequivocally one of the major concerns after eating. This has been confirmed thanks to the study carried out at our request by the Mothers Institute… which reveals interesting figures.

It provides an update on the following issues :

  • At what time do children go to bed according to their age ? How long do they sleep on average ? What proportion of small vs. big sleepers ? Does the socio-demographic profile of the child’s home have an impact on his « sleeper » profile ?
  • Sleep disorders affect one in three children between the ages of 1 and 11 : What do parents do ? How to help child sleep better ?


Sleep in children

Children go to bed later in urban areas, 8.30 pm from 6 months and beyond 9 pm at 9 years. This bedtime is a good reflection of the professional activity of the parents who come back later as they have a long commute time. For older children, between school work, the affirmation of independence and the influence of new technologies, bedtime does not always correspond to time when they fall asleep !

Sleep problems affect one in three children between the ages of 1 and 11. Sleep disorders are often a reason for consultation, especially before the age of 3. They result in difficulties falling asleep or night awakenings. Interestingly, these problems are more important for children who share little time with their parents. Yet 25% of mothers admit that they have no time to talk with him, play games, listen to him talk about his day and nearly 5% even say that they very rarely have time in the evening to devote to him…


An impact on family life

This survey highlights that sleep disorders have a significant impact on family life and, by generating anxiety, permanently disturb parents’ sleep. 52% of them consider that the repercussions are important, especially before the age of 3, when they are very much in demand to calm and put the child back to sleep during the night. In 10% of cases, parents say that this has a strong impact on their live as a couple, risking endangering it.


The keys to get a good night’s sleep back ?

Take the time to set up the bedtime rituals again, soothing and reassuring.
Bring back regularity in the schedules (well anticipate hour changes by getting the children used to going to bed ealier), a calm atmosphere at home in the evening, avoiding screens, reading a story and cuddling, so precious before sinking into the “land of dreams”…

Discover the results of this study published in the journal Pédiatrie Pratique by Dr. H. DE LEERSNYDER, pediatrician and sleep specialist at Necker Hospital, by clicking here.