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How to stop your kids waking you up too blimin' early

Friday, March 17, 2017 is the 10th Annual World Sleep Day; an internationally recognised awareness event about the importance of sleep. International research shows that sleep trainer Sam gives children and parents 45 minutes more sleep.

Imagine being woken at 6am (or much earlier as used to be the case in our family!!) by your overly energetic toddler who wants to start the day, while there is no need to get up for another hour…This is where sleep trainers come to the rescue.

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A recent study among families from the UK, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Australia, demonstrated that sleep trainer SAM from ZAZU gives on average 45 minutes of extra sleep per day.

Sleep trainer SAM shows children when to go to sleep and when to start the day. At bedtime, Sam closes his eyes to encourage your child to do likewise. In the morning, Sam's eyes open to indicate it's time to start the day. 

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The research showed it took only 3 days on average for children (age 2-7) to understand the full concept of the sleep trainer of ZAZU. In the 2 weeks-test period 100% of the parents experienced more sleep and on average they woke up at their preferred time 5 out of 7 days of the week. (I am assuming Sundays was an outlier here because my preferred wake up time would be ooh...around 11am after a night out!!).  Parents furthermore indicated that the extra sleep made them feel a lot fitter during the daytime.

World Sleep Day raises awareness about the benefits of sleep which is crucial for proper growth and development of children and is crucial for their parents too.

How much sleep should we be having?

This chart is taken from The Sleep Foundation Organisation:



May be appropriate

Not recommended


0-3 months


14 to 17 hours

11 to 13 hours

18 to 19 hours

Less than 11 hours

More than 19 hours


4-11 months


12 to 15 hours

10 to 11 hours

16 to 18 hours

Less than 10 hours

More than 18 hours


1-2 years


11 to 14 hours

9 to 10 hours

15 to 16 hours

Less than 9 hours

More than 16 hours


3-5 years


10 to 13 hours

8 to 9 hours

14 hours

Less than 8 hours

More than 14 hours

School-aged Children

6-13 years


9 to 11 hours

7 to 8 hours

12 hours

Less than 7 hours

More than 12 hours


14-17 years


8 to 10 hours

7 hours

11 hours

Less than 7 hours

More than 11 hours

Young Adults

18-25 years


7 to 9 hours

6 hours

10 to 11 hours

Less than 6 hours

More than 11 hours

ZAZU is a Dutch company which designs products to help children to get better sleep. With a little bit of extra sleep, the whole family can have much more fun. Peek Concepts is an official reseller of Zazu products. Check out the full range of sleep products here

For additional info:



Media release published by Zazu-Kids: 16-Mar-2017 03:55 pm (this version has been altered from original)

World Sleep Association:


Ang Mo is a Director of Peek Concepts.

Peek Concepts brings hard to find monitoring, measuring and safety products direct to your home at affordable prices. Shop from the comfort of your home whilst experiencing the level of customer service available from traditional retail outlets.

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