How Much Sleep Do You Think Your Kids Really Need?


Children require more sleep than adults. This is due to the amount of growth that a child goes through each year. The younger the child, the more sleep he or she requires in a day to maintain optimal health. Children that receive enough sleep each day are happier, healthier, and function better at school and play. If you are unsure how much sleep your children should get each day, take a look at the recommended sleep schedule for each age group compiled by children’s sleep experts and medical professionals.

As with any guidelines, your children may require more or less sleep each day than the recommended amount. If your child consistently shows signs of sleep deprivation or has a hard time sleeping, consult with a sleep expert or children’s healthcare provider. Your child may be suffering from a medical issue that interferes with normal sleep patterns.

Infants: Infants require a variety of differing times of sleep depending on the baby’s age. Newborns usually sleep between 15 and 16 hours per day, although some may sleep up to 20 hours per day. Newborns usually do not sleep for extended periods, but rather sleep for short periods up to 4 hours at a time.

1-4 months: Babies ranging from one to four months old require less sleep. The average sleep times for a young baby vary between 14 and 16 hours per day. Babies of this age tend to sleep for longer stretches. Some babies may even sleep for 6 hour stretches at night and take 2-4 hour naps during the day.

4-12 months: Most 4 to 12 month old babies sleep around 14 or 15 hours each day. It is common for babies in this age group to drop from 3 naps a day to 2 naps a day with a 6 to 10 hour stretch of sleep at night.

1-3 Years: Most 1 to 3 year olds require about 12 to 14 hours of sleep each day. Usually, this sleep schedule is divided into one long afternoon nap and about 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night. Most toddlers show signs of crankiness if they do not get enough sleep in a day.

3-6 Years Old: Young children require about 10 to 12 hours of sleep each day. In this age group, most children drop the daytime nap and fulfill all of their sleep needs at night. Some children require the afternoon nap longer than others do.

7-12 Years: Preteens require about 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night. Most children in this age group, however, only get about 9 hours per night.

12-18 Years: Although teens seem to sleep all the time, they actually only require about 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night. However, due to school and other commitments, few teens receive the recommended amount.

If your child is not getting the recommended amount of sleep, you may want to reevaluate their schedule and try to get them to experience a higher amount of sleep. Sleep deprivation can even lead to slower developmental progress in children, which is one of the main reasons why sleep is so important for children.

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This is a guest post by Lindsey Mcmahon, a part-time guest-blogger and a full-time private tour organizer. Her main interests are education and health, but she is constantly extending her field of view to incorporate interesting news suggested to her by her readers. If you have something of interest for Lindsey, you can contact her at She currently works for Ozmattress, a quality marketplace to look for, or to buy mattress online.

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