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Sleep guidelines for children

Sleep guidelines for children

Along with new research from University College London highlighting the importance of a regular bedtime for children, research has long shown the negative impact of inadequate sleep on cognitive, behavioural and emotional functioning in children. But how much sleep do children really need for optimal functioning? The National Sleep Foundation gives the following guidelines:

Newborns (0-2 months): 12-18 hours
Infants (3-11 months): 14-15 hours
Toddlers (1-3 years): 12-14 hours
Pre-schoolers (3-5 years): 11-13 hours
School age children (5-10 years): 10-11 hours
Pre-teens/Teens (10-17 years): 8.5-9.25 hours
Adults: 7-9 hours

Good luck with factoring in some early bedtimes!

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