How much sleep do tweens need?

Now that school is out and it is officially summer in our house, I think my tween believes all rules and structure are no longer necessary in her world.  I have corrected that misconception for her.  That includes continuing to enforce a bedtime.

Her desire to stay up later and later got me thinking:  Just how much sleep should tweens be getting each night?

WebMD says kids between 7 and 12 years old should get 10 hours per night.

The experts at Tweenparent.com agree, saying that tweens need 9.5 to 10 hours.

During peak times of pubescent development, tweens may need even more sleep. I think that's very true of my tween

A number of sleep-related studies have found that children, from elementary school through high school, get about an hour less sleep each night than they did 30 years ago.  I don't have high hopes that we can reclaim that hour in this house, at least not until the tween decides that sleeping in is fun, but I think that if we enforce a regular bedtime, we'll be hitting the 9.5 hours/night on average.

The average bedtime for a 12 year-old is 9 p.m.  That seems to hold pretty true in our house.  What is it in yours?

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