How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

The importance of a good night’s sleep has been researched and proven time and time again. But do you know how much sleep your child should be getting? Find out in our guide on how much sleep do kids need:

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Why is it important that kids get enough sleep?

child sleepingToo little sleep impacts the body levels of thyroid and stress hormones, which in turn can affect memory, immune system, heart and metabolism, and much more.

Lack of sleep can impact a child’s ability to concentrate and learn at school.

Studies have also found that children who don’t get enough sleep, have an increased risk of being obese.

Read why your child sleeping less can lead to obesity.

Guide by age for how much sleep do kids need:

Newborn Babies (0-3) months

Newborns sleep a total of between 10.5 to 18 hours a day, usually on an irregular schedule with periods of one to three hours spent awake.

baby yawningInfants (4-11 months)

By six months of age, nighttime feedings are usually not necessary and many infants sleep through the night by 6 months, with 70-80% sleeping through by 9 months.

Infants typically sleep 9-12 hours during the night and take 30 minute to two-hour naps, one to four times a day – with less naps needed as they reach age one.

Toddlers (1-3 years)

Toddlers need about 11-14 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. Naps are still typical for this age group.

Preschoolers (3-5 years)

Preschoolers usually need to sleep 11-13 hours each night and most do not nap after five years of age.

Children and teens (6+)

Children aged between six to 13 need 9-11 hours of sleep while teens need 9-10 hours/night.

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Over to you now. What is your experience of your child and sleep? What tips can you share? Tell us in the comments below.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls