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Enough sleep?


On a school night with dance class, my dancer generally gets:  

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  1. 1. On a school night with dance class, my dancer generally gets:

    • Less than eight hours of sleep
    • 8 - 10 hours of sleep
    • At least 10 hours of sleep

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Dd gets to bed by 9:30, alarm rings at 6...I think she could do with more sleep, but she can't fall asleep any earlier. Would LOVE it if the school day started later...but am powerless to change that one. She did forgo the earlier Saturday class so she can sleep in one day a week. That helps...but she is NOT a morning person :D (Neither am I :yawn: !!)

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Hey, how about us parents? Even with DD at residency school, between work, another child and husband, I think I get about 6 1/2 hours of sleep on weeknights. I'm about ready for a nap now! :D

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*teen here* (delete post if nessacary) I am not a parent, but I thought I might give my opinion. I usually get about 8hours a night,since I go to bed around 10:00 and wake up around 6:30.I am a morning person though,so I don't mind much.

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No matter how hard we try, there always ends up with a "sleep day" once every 4-6 weeks. My DD can feel that she is off and power naps (14+ hours is the record, I think) and she gets 8 hours most nights.


On the plus side, she is rarely ever out sick so.... it must work!

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My dd gets right at 8 hours most nights. Some nights after ballet, though, she has a tough time going to sleep - especially if she has a lot of homework. I actually wonder how she does it. She gets up at 6, bus comes at 6:30, she rides afternoon bus to my school at 3, hangs out until 4:30 then off to dance, gets home at 7, eats, does homework, gets a bath, and off to bed around 9:30. I know she probably needs more sleep and more down time, but I don't know how to work it out.

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I know how you feel. I worry about how to get my dd to bed earlier. Even though she does way better with only 8 hours than I do.



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*Knock, knock*


I just have to say wow...a sleep at 9:30? Duing my high school years I wasn't in bed till after 11, usually midnight, because of play rehersals which often run till 10, dance and and other lessons, school, homework... then I was up at quarter till six to catch my bus! Then again, I have been known to do waaaaaay too much. :angry:

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knock knock......... student here. wow! i'm amazed how early your kids get to sleep! how do they do it? i get up at 6 get home at 3pm go to ballet at 3:30, just enough time to get something to eat and change. i get home around 8:30 or 9:05 most nights, add in homework, dinner, and shower, i'm usually asleep by 11:30, thats if its a light load on homework.

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We try to insure 8 hours of sleep for my DD, but sending her to bed and having her go to sleep are not the samething. She has always been a night owl, and after a 6 month stint doing professional theatre with shows that didn't end until 11, she confirmed for herself that she only needs to go to bed at midnight.


She is not at an early start school which here means first class at 7:15! So she can sleep until 7. But most of the first semester at school she was at rehearsal for something and didn't get home until 7 pm, then had to eat dinner, do her minimal chore, do homework, shower, and we try to allow her a little down time to vegetatebut its tough.


Of course our threat is to cranky in the mornings, or dropping grades then something has to go. But as of yet she seems to be handling everything its hard to day you have to cut back. And even when she has the option to sleep late, such as morning she was up by 8:30 am, so she can't be too sleep deprived.


I, on the other had, am always exhausted! Maybe thats why kids need to sleep more, so parents can rest.


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Dd is the one vote in the 10+ hours of sleep. The only reason this is possible is because school does not start until 8:20am - she is still sleeping while a lot of dk's are in their first class! I don't know how she would do with less than the 10-11 hours - even as a baby she always required more sleep than the average. I will tell her to enjoy it now.


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*knock knock teen here*

I am 13 in 8th grade, my school starts @7:55. I get up at 7am, and I'm ALWAYS tired. But off to school, and my town extended its school day to 7 hours instead of 6, so much that even though I go to school @7:55, I stay until 2:55pm! Then home and dance, I get home about 7pm or 7:30pm most nights, and after dinner, shower, and homework I am usually not in bed until 11pm. I then fall asleep at like 11:30 or 12am! So I get MAYBE 7-8 hours of sleep a night, except Sundays, I sleep until 9 or 10am!

Next year, high school.....my parents said I have to join at least 3 clubs......plus ballet..................and school bus comes at 6:45, school at 7am, ends at 2pm, wow...........................I better start planning!

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My daughter is so sick right now because she's trying to do it all, work, school and dance. I feel this will probably come to a crashing halt when she ends up in the hospital. How do you get a 19 year old to listen to reason? She thrives on being busy and now that she's had the taste of money she's unstoppable. My husband is the same way and encourages her but I am so fearful she'll damage her health at this pace. She rarely gets to bed before 11PM and has to get up early for work or school. I am thinking that when her dancing suffers she might get the message.

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