If there’s one thing children love, it’s staying up past their bedtime – but what should that bedtime be?
According to experts, the answer to that question all depends on their age and what time they woke up that day.
A sleep chart circulated by a teacher at Wilson Elementary School in America on Facebook says five-year-olds should be going to bed as early as 6.45pm, depending what time they woke up the Mirror reports.
For eight and nine-year-olds bedtime should be any time between 7.30pm and 8.45pm-9pm.
But the time babies are six months old they should be napping four around three hours during the day and 11 hours a night.
Day time naps should continue until children reach the age of three when naps should be around 45mins, if at all.
By the time kids reach school age, NHS guidance tells parents they need around 11 hours a night.
At age seven children should have 10 hours and 30 minutes sleep a night and when they reach age 10 they should be getting around nine hours 45minutes sleep.
Nine hours is the minimum children need right up until age 16, according to the NHS.
But after the school posted the chart on its Facebook page some parents posted in the comments to say it was not realistic.
One said: “In a perfect world, yes. But not every child is the same nor can alot of parents follow this because of lifestyle. For example I work 12 hour shifts, going by this chart I would only see my children on weekends for the first 6 years of their lives.”
Another said: “As a single parent who leaves for work at 7am work and doesn’t get home until around 6pm everyday, this is completely unrealistic, I still have to feed him (ie cook dinner), get his homework/studying done, bath time, getting ready for bed and bedtime story, not to mention trying to get in some quality time I’m lucky to get him in bed before 9.”
But others said the chart was a guideline and parents should apply common sense and a routine bedtime.
One said: “Kids need a bedtime. I know people who have kids that are around 5 and they tell me they can’t watch The Walking Dead because their kid is still up… on a Sunday night.. No! Put your kids to bed. Kids need structure.”
Another said: “I think this is meant to be a guideline not a hard and fast rule… the point is don’t let your kid stay up till 10, 11, 12 at night when they have to be at school at 8.”