How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

Last updated on November 3rd, 2014 at 07:23 pm

There’s no magical number of hours of sleep that all children in a particular age group need, but here is a guide to the hours of slumber they should aim for.

Sleep is very important to a child’s wellbeing. A lack of sleep can cause a child to become hyperactive and disagreeable, and have extremes in behaviour.

Here are some approximate “child sleep” numbers based on age, as recommended by the Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic:

Essential Sleep Habits for Kids1 week

  • daytime: 8 hours
  • night time: 8.5 hours

4 weeks

  • daytime: 6.75 hours
  • night time: 8.75 hours

3 months 

  • daytime: 5 hours
  • night time: 10 hours

6 months

  • daytime: 4 hours
  • night time: 10 hours

9 months 

  • daytime: 2.75 hours
  • night time: 11.25 hours

12 months 

  • daytime: 2.5 hours
  • night time: 11.5 hours

2 years 

  • daytime: 1.25 hours
  • night time: 11.75 hours 

3 years 

  • daytime: 1 hour
  • night time: 11 hours

4 years 

  • night time: 11.5 hours

5 years 

  • night time: 11 hours

6 years 

  • night time: 10.75 hours

7 years

  • night time: 10.5 hours

8 years

  • night time: 10.25 hours

9 years 

  • night time: 10 hours

10 years 

  • night time: 9.75 hours

11 years

  • night time: 9.5 hours

12 years

  • night time: 9.25 hours

13 years

  • night time: 9.25 hours

14 years

  • night time: 9 hours

15 years

  • night time: 8.75 hours

16 years

  • night time: 8.5 hours

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