Canadian kids are having trouble getting good quality sleep

Emerging research from the 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card shows there is an important relationship among sleep, physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Canadian kids.

Many kids are too tired to get enough physical activity during the day, but are not active enough to be tired at night – creating a vicious cycle. A trend which is connected to a creeping ‘sleepidemic’ among Canadian kids and youth.

In an ideal world, kids and youth should be getting the following:

  • 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity
  • Several hours of structured and unstructured light physical activity
  • Good quality sleep:
    • 9-11 hours for children aged 5-13 years
    • 8-10 hours for adolescents aged 14-17 years
  • And no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time per day

But what if your child is active enough, the electronics are stashed away and they are still not sleeping?

Or, they’re in bed on time but the poor quality of their sleep means big yawns and cranky attitudes?

First off, they’re not alone.

33% of 5-13 year olds, and 45% of 14-17 year olds report either having trouble going to sleep or falling asleep at least some of the time.

Second, there are things you can do to improve the quality of sleep your child receives. Enter a new term called sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene describes the habits and practices that are conducive to sleeping well on a regular basis, and we created a handy infographic to help you put some rituals in place to give your children the good quality rest they need.

In turn, they are more likely to have more energy to be active through their day, and can achieve all the amazing benefits from an active life they so deserve.

Healthy Sleep Hygiene Graphic