As a parent, you understand that babies and toddlers require a lot of sleep for benefit of their growth and brain development. However, do you know exactly how much sleep is necessary?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a Statement of Endorsement supporting the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) guidelines which outline the duration of recommended sleep for children from infants to teens. The guidelines (titled, “Recommended Amount of Sleep for Pediatric Populations”) were published on June 13th in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
The AASM recommend the following sleep hours to promote optimal health:
- Infants ages 4 months to 12 months old – 12 to 16 hours (including naps) per 24 hours on a regular basis
- Children ages 1 to 2 years old – 11 to 14 hours (including naps) per 24 hours on a regular basis
- Children ages 3 to 5 years old – 10 to 13 hours (including naps) per 24 hours on a regular basis
- Children ages 6 to 12 years old – 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis
- Teenagers ages 13 to 18 years old – 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis
The AASM discovered that proper sleep duration for age on a consistent basis results to improved attention, behavior, learning capability, emotional regulation, quality of life, memory and cognition, as well as physical and mental health. It’s important to know that not getting the sufficient amount of sleep every night can lead to injuries, obesity, hypertension, and depression.
As parents of infants and toddlers, you may have difficulty trying to get your child to fall asleep or practice good sleeping habits. Fortunately, we have written an article about how to get your baby to sleep and stay asleep.