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How Much Sleep Should Kids Get?

You probably remember most of the excuses your gave your own parents about bedtime. From the famous, “I need a drink” to “One more story, please” to the minimalistic, but classic “I’m not tired,” kids have been manipulating and avoiding bedtime since the first cave child wanted to stay up to play with his baby mammoth. But the fact is, the proper amount of sleep is critical for good health.

The National Sleep Foundation has issued the following guidelines for sleep in children:

Age Recommended May be appropriate Not recommended

0-3 months

14 to 17 hours 11 to 13 hours

18 to 19 hours

Less than 11 hours

More than 19 hours


4-11 months

12 to 15 hours 10 to 11 hours

16 to 18 hours

Less than 10 hours

More than 18 hours


1-2 years

11 to 14 hours 9 to 10 hours

15 to 16 hours

Less than 9 hours

More than 16 hours


3-5 years

10 to 13 hours 8 to 9 hours

14 hours

Less than 8 hours

More than 14 hours

School-aged Children

6-13 years

9 to 11 hours 7 to 8 hours

12 hours

Less than 7 hours

More than 12 hours


14-17 years

8 to 10 hours 7 hours

11 hours

Less than 7 hours

More than 11 hours

Young Adults

18-25 years

7 to 9 hours 6 hours

10 to 11 hours

Less than 6 hours

More than 11 hours

While the chart may be easy to read, it may sometimes be hard to follow with your own child. If you have questions about the amount of sleep your child is getting or need help with healthy sleep habits, contact your pediatrician for information and advice.

Posted in Blog on February 3rd, 2017