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Sleep Guidelines for Children

sleep guidelines for children

Our children’s sleep experts recommend the following sleep guidelines for children. Each stage of their development requires a particular amount of sleep on a regular basis to promote optimal health and development.

  • Infants, 4 months to 12 months old
    Should sleep 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
    By 6 months of age, most babies are capable of sleeping through the night.*
  • Toddlers, 1 to 2 years old 
    Should sleep 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
  • Pre-Schoolers, 3 to 5 years old
    Should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
  • School-Age, 6 to 12 years old
    Should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours
  • Teenagers, 13 to 18 years old
    Should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours
    Sleep deprivation is notorious in this age group. Most teenagers only get 7 hours of sleep.

Call our office at 847-674-3600 to set up an appointment for your child to assess their sleep health.

See FAQ on Sleep Studies for Children for more information about that process.


*Based on guidelines provided by Jodi Mindell, PhD, of Children’s Hospital Philadelphia and Judith Owens, MD, of Brown University.

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