Parents of infants may have sleep on their minds around the clock, but as your child ages, what is the recommended amount of sleep for every age?
Here are some guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation:
Toddlers from 1-2 years old children need 11-14 hours of sleep per day, including naps. From 3-5 years old, preschoolers need 10-13 hours of sleep per day, including naps.
School-aged children no longer have naps as a part of their daily routine, and from 6-13 years old children need between 9 and 11 hours of sleep at night.
Teenagers 14-17 years old need 8-10 hours of sleep per night, and young adults from 18-25 years old are recommended to get 7-9 hours of sleep at night.
One reason it’s difficult to know when kids are not getting sufficient sleep is that drowsy children sometime actually wind up rather than slowing down. Sleepiness can sometimes look like symptoms of ADHD: children who are resisting bedtime often act as if they’re not tired and become hyper as the evening goes on.
What are some means to help your child get the sleep that they need? One way for younger children is to stick with an early bedtime – between 7 and 8pm is recommended. For all children, it’s best to have a routine and to limit screen time as bedtime approaches. Winding down before going to bed is important for getting proper rest.
All children are different as far as how many hours of sleep they really need, but remember that overall getting good sleep is very important to kids’ well-being. Children who don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis can become hyper, disagreeable or even have extreme changes in behavior.