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Pediatric Sleep Recommendations

July 1, 2016

For the first time, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) released recommendations for the amount of sleep children need each night. Getting a good night’s sleep helps your child:

  • Grow normally
  • Keep his or her heart healthy
  • Reduce risk of accidental injury
  • Increase his or her attention span
  • Improve learning capacity

To learn how many hours of sleep your child needs on a regular basis for optimal health, review the guidelines below:

  • Infants 4 to 12 months12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
  • Children 1 to 2 years11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
  • Children 3 to 5 years10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
  • Children 6 to 12 years9 to 12 hours per 24 hours
  • Teenagers 13 to 18 years8 to 10 hours per 24 hours

For additional information, visit the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.