Kids' sleep guidelines spell out shut-eye guidance by age

June 13, 2016 by Lindsey Tanner
Credit: xiaphias/Wikipedia

Parental warning: Don't lose sleep over new guidelines on how much shut-eye your kids should be getting.

The recommendations range from up to 16 hours daily for babies to at least eight hours for teens. They come from a panel of experts and give parents fresh ammunition for when kids blame them for strict bedtimes.

The guidelines released Monday are the first-ever for children from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. They encompass recommendations the American Academy of Pediatrics has made at different times for different ages.

According to the guidelines: Adequate is linked with improved attention, behavior, learning, mental and physical health at every age covered. And insufficient sleep increases risks for obesity, diabetes, accidents, depression and in teens, self-harm including .

The recommendations are based on a review of scientific evidence on sleep duration and health.

Recommended daily/nightly is:

—12 hours to 16 hours including naps for infants aged 4 months to 12 months. Younger infants aren't included because they have a wide range of normal sleep patterns.

—11 to 14 hours including naps for children aged 1- to 2 years.

—10 to 13 hours including naps for children aged 3 to 5 years.

—9 to 12 hours for children aged 6 to 12 years.

—8 to 10 hours for teens aged 13 to 18 years.

Explore further: Expert shines light on maintaining summer sleep schedules for kids

More information: American Academy of Sleep Medicine: www.aasmnet.org

Related Stories

Expert shines light on maintaining summer sleep schedules for kids

May 19, 2016
Longer summer days, endless free time and a new schedule can make it tough to follow a regular sleep schedule for children, but it is a must for all ages, says a Purdue University expert.

How much sleep do we need?

February 11, 2015
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researcher Lydia DonCarlos, PhD, is a member of an expert panel that's making new recommendations on how much sleep people need.

Expert panel recommends new sleep durations

February 2, 2015
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), along with a multi-disciplinary expert panel, issued its new recommendations for appropriate sleep durations. The report recommends wider appropriate sleep ranges for most age groups. ...

CDC: Teens with sleep issues more often take dangerous risks

April 7, 2016
High school students who get too little sleep— or too much—are also more likely to drive drunk or take other risks, according to government researchers.

Lifestyle may be key to improving ADHD in kids

May 30, 2016
(HealthDay)—Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often treated with medications, such as Adderall or Ritalin. But a new study suggests that parents can also help their kids by promoting healthy ...

Do parents' sleep problems get passed on to their kids?

June 8, 2016
The sleeping habits of more than 1,000 adult West Australians are to be assessed to see if their sleep disorders are capable of being passed on to their children.

Recommended for you

People expect their memory to fade as early as their 50s

April 24, 2018
People across the UK expect their memory to worsen in their 50s, according to new research from Heriot-Watt University.

Aging: The natural stress reliever for many women

April 24, 2018
While some research suggests that midlife is a dissatisfying time for women, other studies show that women report feeling less stressed and enjoy a higher quality of life during this period.

Millennials aren't getting the message about sun safety and the dangers of tanning

April 24, 2018
Many millennials lack knowledge about the importance of sunscreen and continue to tan outdoors in part because of low self-esteem and high rates of narcissism that fuel addictive tanning behavior, a new study from Oregon ...

Drinking affects mouth bacteria linked to diseases

April 24, 2018
When compared with nondrinkers, men and women who had one or more alcoholic drinks per day had an overabundance of oral bacteria linked to gum disease, some cancers, and heart disease. By contrast, drinkers had fewer bacteria ...

Napping and teenage learning

April 24, 2018
Teenagers and sleep. It's certainly a passionate subject for many American parents, and those in China. University of Delaware's Xiaopeng Ji is investigating the relationship between midday-napping behaviors and neurocognitive ...

Craving a cup of joe? What does the research say about coffee and your health?

April 24, 2018
Coffee. Cup of joe. Java. No matter what you call it, millions of people worldwide wake up and fuel their day with it. And though consumers might be jittery about the recent court battle in California over cancer warnings, ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.