sleep can make children cranky, as all parents know, but
exactly how much shut-eye do kids need?
first, a group of sleep doctors attempts to answer that
question with new guidelines that spell out recommended sleep
amounts for kids, broken down by their age.
surprisingly, babies need the most rest. Infants age 4 months
to 1 year old should get between 12 and 16 hours of sleep a
day, according to the guidelines issued this week by the
American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
1 to 2 years old need 11 to 14 hours of sleep, while those
between 3 and 5 are advised to sleep 10 to 13 hours a day.
That includes both nightly rest and naps during the day.
they get older, children need a generous block of time for
sleep in order to function well, doctors say. The prescription
for children ages 6 to 12 is 9 to 12 hours of sleep. And
teenagers should sleep 8 to 10 hours each night, the
getting enough ZZZs can lead to serious health problems for
children — including obesity, depression and hypertension,
doctors say. In addition, sleep deprivation has been known to
increase suicidal thoughts in teenagers.
recommendations for sleep were endorsed by the American
Academy of Pediatrics, which also issued its own advice on a
related topic — screen time for kids. Devices such as
smartphones, tablets and televisions contribute to lack of
sleep in children, who often find it difficult to disconnect
from their screens at night, the APA said, To minimize sleep
disruptions, the academy advises parents to remove all screens
from children’s bedrooms and to turn off devices 30 minutes
before children’s bedtime.