A Good Night’s Sleep at Every Age- How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?
Getting the kids to bed each night is one of the greatest challenges of parenthood. How much sleep do kids need? You might be surprised to learn that kids’ sleep needs are different from adults and that they change as they age. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, here is how much sleep your children need, at every age.
- Newborns. 16 to 18 hours per day
- Pre-school children. 11 to 12 hours per day
- Teens. 9 to 10 hours per day
- Young adults. 7 to 8 hours per day
Getting enough sleep may be even more important for kids than it is for adults. Like adults, kids need to get enough sleep to promote healthy brain function, physical health and day-to-day performance (play or work). In addition, kids need sleep for proper growth and mental development.
If you are worried that your kids aren’t getting enough sleep, or if they’re having trouble sleeping, talk to your pediatrician. It can also help to make sure their sleeping environment is set up in a way that encourages sleep. Make sure their room is as dark as possible. If your kids are afraid of the dark, a nightlight is acceptable but it shouldn’t be too bright. Make sure their bed is set up to maximize their comfort. Try to keep them from looking at a source of light, like a computer or TV screen for an hour before they go to bed.