Sleep Recommendations For Children

I wanted to write a very quick, yet important post while I’m home on vacation.  This topic may not seem incredibly important, but it serves as an important building block for lifelong health.  Growing up, my parents always tried to instill healthy habits such as brushing my teeth, staying active, and many others.  One under looked health habit in children is sleep.  Sleep needs vary across the lifespan, and many may wonder just how much sleep is needed from birth throughout the teenage years.

For the first time, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has released their recommendations. These come from a yearlong project completed by 13 of the nation’s top sleep experts.  Here they are below:

4-12 months old: 12-16 hours per 24-hour period (including naps)

1-2 years old: 11-14 hours per 24-hour period (including naps)

3-5 years old: 10-13 hours per 24-hour period (including naps)

6-12 years old: 9-12 hours per 24-hour period

13-18 years old: 8-10 hours per 24-hour period


Healthy sleep is more than just getting the right number of hours though.  In future posts I will talk more about sleep health in infants and children!


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