How Much Sleep Should Your Child Get Each Night
Sleep is a vital part of health for all ages. Growth rates, performance, and even illnesses can all be negatively impacted when a child (or an adult) is chronically sleep deprived.
Unfortunately, modern lifestyles often push bedtimes later, especially among working families who might not get home until six or seven in the evening. School-aged children’s bedtimes are often pushed later due to extracurricular activities, homework, and social events. What time you and your family go to bed are not nearly as important as how much sleep you get each night. Use the bedtime that works for you and your family’s schedule. But, establish a bedtime schedule the provides the optimal amount of sleep and stick with it for best results.
Below is a How Much Sleep Chart depicting average sleeping times for children of different ages.
|Age||Hours per Day|
|Birth to 3 months||14 to 18|
|3 to 6 months||14 to 16|
|6 months to 2 years||12 to 14|
|2 to 5 years||10 to 12|
|6 to 13 years||9 to 11|
|14 to 17 years||8 to 10|
|18 to 25 years||7 to 9|