How many hours of sleep is your child getting every night? It is important to make sure it’s enough, because for growing children, sleep is crucial for optimum development. Have a look at this video guide to remind you how much sleep that your child needs at their age….
Here Is the Word on How Much Sleep Your Kids Actually Need
Parents know that sleep is important to their growing kids, especially now that kids don’t seem to be getting enough sleep , thanks to technology like i-pads, cell phones, tablets and computers. However it can get quite confusing as to how many hours of it that children really need as different health experts and institutions seem to be giving inconsistent info.
To make things very clear, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has released, its recommendations on how much sleep babies, toddlers, and older children as well as teens should get. Several health groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, have already endorsed the recommendations so hopefully we can all agree on this one.
The recommendations are:
- Infants 4 months to 12 months should sleep 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
- Children 1 to 2 years of age should sleep 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
- Children 3 to 5 years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
- Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
- Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
The benefits of a proper night’s sleep, according to the AASM, include better behavior, learning,emotional regulation, attention, quality of life,memory, and physical and mental health – which reads as basically a list of things a child needs to function well at home and in school.
Not getting enough sleep, however, is associated with an increase in depression, obesity, hypertension and injuries.
I hope this make it clear the amount of sleep that your child requires at their specific age. Any comments or questions then please feel free to leave me a message.