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, according to the National Sleep Foundation:
Toddlers typically need between 11 and 14 hours of sleep every day. Most of this occurs at night, but most kids this age still need a one to three-hour nap.
Preschool-age children usually need 10 to 13 hours of sleep every day. At age three, many kids are still napping, but most stop napping by age five.
During the elementary and early middle school years, kids typically need nine to 11 hours of sleep each night.
Teens usually get about seven hours of sleep, but we’re finding that they actually need as much as nine-and-a-half hours of sleep each night.
Every child is different, so take time to figure out what works best for your child. If your child continues to have difficulty sleeping, make an appointment with a Valleywise Health pediatrician near you by calling 1 (833) VLLYWSE.