Dr Lim Kwang Hsien, consultant paediatrician at Kinder Clinic at Mount Alvernia Medical Centre, says that sleep deprivation appears to be linked to a decreased production of proteins called cytokines, which are important for the immune system.
Conversely, sufficient, uninterrupted sleep allows the adequate production of cytokines to help keep your child’s immune system in optimum condition.
Here’s how much sleep kids of different age groups need:
– One to three years: 12 to 14 hours
– Three to six years: 10 to 12 hours
– Seven to 12 years: 10 to 11 hours