How Much Sleep Does My Child Need?

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Every child is different. Some need a lot of sleep while others need much less.

Here are some general recommendations:

  • Preschoolers (3-5 years) generally require 11-13 hours.
  • School-aged children (5-10 years) generally require 10-11 hours.
  • Adolescents (10-17 years) generally require 8.5-9.25 hours.

Here are some ways that you can help your children get enough sleep:

  • Have a regular bedtime. It doesn’t have to be set in stone but try to go to bed at the same time every night, including on the weekends.
  • Create a calming bedtime routine. Establish bedtime rituals that help your child slow down and get ready for sleep.
  • Limit screen time. Turn off electronics an hour before your child tucks in for the evening. The flickering light from computers, TV screens and cell phone screens signals to the brain to remain awake.
  • Get help if you need it. Being continually short of sleep is not good for children. If you think your child has a problem in this area, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor for a referral to someone who can help.

Check out our HaltonParents blogs: The Sleepy Teen Years (external link) & Why you’re STILL talking about sleep when you have teens... (external link).