How much sleep does your kid need?

If your kid isn’t sleeping, they could be at risk for psychological and physical problems.

Some of those problems could be serious.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is backing recommendations by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

This is what they are recommending:

4 – 12 months – 12 to 16 hours of sleep (including nap)
1 – 2 years – 11 to 14 hours (including naps)
3 – 5 years – 10 to 13 hours (including naps)
6 – 12 years – 9 to 12 hours
13 – 18 years – 8 to 10 hours

They are not providing recommendations for babies younger than 4 months because they say there isn’t enough research to back up what is normal for that age group.

BENEFITS OF SLEEP
Here are some of the benefits the AASM says your kids get from getting enough sleep:
Better…

  • Behavior
  • Attention span
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Emotional regulation
  • Overall quality of life

PROBLEMS FROM SLEEP DEPRIVATION
Here are some of the dangers they say come from not enough sleep

  • More injuries
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Self-harm or suicidal thought (in teens)

HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS TO GO TO SLEEP

  • The AAP recommends you:
  • Turn off video screens, smartphones and tablets 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Set a regular bedtime schedule
  • Include a wind-down time

You can read the full study here

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