Just was with adults, sleep is the cornerstone of good health for kids. At your child’s check-ups with his or her pediatrics specialist, be sure to discuss sleep habits and healthy sleep amounts with the doctor, so you can ensure your child is getting the shuteye he or she needs for good health. Here is a look at the recommended sleep amounts for kids at different ages of their development.
Newborns, infants and toddlers
It’s not surprising that newborns, infants and toddlers require more sleep than any other age group. For these ages, aim for these amounts of sleep:
- Newborn to three months of age: Between 14 and 17 hours is recommended. As little as 11 and as much as 19 may be appropriate, but not less or more than those amounts.
- Infants between four to 11 months of age: Between 12 and 15 hours is ideal, but anywhere between 10 to 18 hours may be acceptable.
- Toddler between one to two years of age: Between 11 and 14 hours is recommended, but anywhere from nine to 16 may be healthy.
Preschoolers and school-aged kids
Kids in this age range still need a significant amount of sleep, as they grow and adjust to a new schedule. These are healthy targets for this age group:
- Preschoolers between three and five years of age: Between 10 and 13 hours is a good goal, but as a little as eight hours and as much as 14 may be healthy
- School-aged kids between six and 13 years old: Between nine and 11 hours is recommended. Some kids may need as little as seven or as much as 12.
Teens and young adults
During these years, kids transition to having similar sleep needs as adults. Teens are frequently at risk of getting too little sleep, so keep these ranges in mind:
- Teens between 14 and 17 years: Between 8 and 10 hours, though some teens may need as little as seven or as much as 11 hours of sleep to be healthy.
- Young adults between 18 and 25 years: Between seven and nine hours, with as little as six and as much as 11 being appropriate.
Let the pediatrics specialists in Las Vegas at Sunrise Children’s Hospital keep your kids healthy at all stages of life. Get a referral to a physician by calling (702) 233-5437.