How Much Sleep Do Kids Really Need?

Babies, children and teenagers need more sleep than adults to support their growing brains and bodies. Sleep needs vary among each child, but there are some general guidelines that can help parents stay on the right track.

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  • Children need more sleep than adults to support their growing brains and bodies. Irritability, forgetfulness, stress and difficulty concentrating are a few side effects of not getting enough sleep. Even one hour of sleep can make a big difference.
  • Over time, lack of sleep can lead to several serious health issues, including depression, anxiety, increased blood pressure and inflammation.
  • Children ages 1 to 2 require 11 – 14 hours of sleep per night. 3- to 5-year-old children need 10 to 13, 6- to 13-year-olds need 9 to 11 hours per night, and teenagers (ages 14-19) need up to 9.5 hours of sleep, although most usually only get around 7.
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Is your child still struggling to fall (and stay) asleep?

These expert tips will help kids and adults alike get their recommended hours for rest.

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