How many hours sleep does your child need?


How Many Hours Sleep
Do Your Children Really Need?

It’s been said that babies, children and teenagers need significantly more sleep than that of an average adult. Sleep promotes healthy mental and physical development and without the correct amount, you might find that problems start to arise. Children that miss as little as 60 minutes sleep per day may start to present various behavioural issues.


As adults, when we get tired we feel ready for our beds, but over tiredness in children can actually have the opposite effect. Children can become restless and hyperactive as a result of missed sleep, so it’s often difficult to determine whether they’re not ready for bed, or if they’ve missed the mark!

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Of course, there are instances where poor sleeping routines are caused by an underlying medical issue or sleep disorder. Disorders such as sleep apnea and ADHD are two of the most common reasons in which children find it difficult to sleep throughout their early life. If you suspect that your child has one of these medical conditions, it’s best to speak to your GP or health visitor for advice and guidance.

Inmost cases, though, sleep deprivation in children can be solved via the use of a solid evening and bedtime routine. Children thrive off routine, and if you can establish one that works well for you and your family, you’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot.

A typical bedtime routine for most young children should consist of a wind-down period where screen time is kept to a minimum and is swapped with quiet activities such as reading. This should be followed with a reasonable bed time.

Research has shown that a reasonable bed time for babies and young children is between 7pm and 8pm. But how much sleep do they really need? We’ve put together a handy guide to help you determine how many hours your little one should be spending in the land of nod:

Age

Birth
3 Months
6 Months
12 Months
18 Months
2 Years
3 Years
4 Years
6 Years
8 Years
10 Years
12 -18 Years

Hours at Night

8.5 Hours
10 Hours
11 Hours
11.5 Hours
11.5 Hours
11.5 Hours
11 Hours
11.5 Hours
10.75 Hours
10.25 Hours
9.75 Hours
8 – 9.25 Hours

Nap Hours

8 Hours
5 Hours
3.3 Hours
2.3 Hours
2 Hours
1.5 Hours
1 Hours
0 Hours
0 Hours
0 Hours
0 Hours
0 Hours

Naps Per Day

4
3
2
2
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0

Total Hours

16.5 Hours
15 Hours
14.25 Hours
13.75 Hours
13.5 Hours
13 Hours
12 Hours
11.5 Hours
10.75 Hours
10.25 Hours
9.75 Hours
8 – 9.25 Hours

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Whilst we can’t guarantee a full night’s sleep, we’re certain your child would love a Kids Funtime Bed!

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