How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need?
Chronic sleep problems in children and teens can seriously compromise school performance. Sleepy youngsters are more accident-prone, too. But young people rarely recognize that they need more sleep. Many kids eagerly stay up late no matter how early their morning wake-up alarm is set.
Do you know how much sleep your child needs? The number of hours in a 24-hour period varies based on a child's age. Review the chart below to see how much sleep your child needs and to learn more about his or her sleep patterns.
|Age||Average sleep per 24 hrs.||Sleep patterns|
|Newborns||16 to 20 hours||
|Infant (up to 1 year)||Total of 14 to 15 hours at 4 months, and 13 to 14 hours at 6 months||
|Toddlers (1 to 3 years)||12 hours, total||Night sleep plus 1 nap of 1.5 to 3.5 hours|
|Preschool (3 to 6 years)||11 to 12 hours||Napping declines, usually ending around 5 years of age|
|Middle Childhood 6 to 12 years)||10 to 11 hours||
|Adolescence (12 years and older)||9 hours are ideal, but 7 hours more typical||