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How much sleep do kids need?

Kids are growing


In the very early years of life, from 0 to 2 years of age, children have not developed a circadian rhythm. So their natural awake and sleep cycles are inconsistent. After a few years, they develop a natural circadian rhythm where they begin to secrete melatonin at regular intervals. Melatonin is what tells the body to go to sleep and when it’s morning, light tells the body to stop secreting melatonin.


How can you help children sleep through the night?

Using a sleep schedule is very important to help children develop a circadian rhythm much sooner. Schedules tell the body that it is time to wake, it is time to eat, or it is time to sleep. One of the best things you can do to help children sleep through the night and develop a regular sleep schedule, is a regular bedtime.

Human growth hormone

Human growth hormone is one of the factors in human growth. It’s also why children need much more sleep, because their cells are still developing. Later in life when people achieve adulthood, the amount of human growth hormone in their body decreases and their sleep cycles can be more easily interrupted.

How much sleep should children get?

Infants can sleep for up to 20 hours per day.

Children 1 to 5 years old

Children 1 to 5 years of age should get between 10 and 14 hours of sleep on a regular basis. This can be throughout the night, and with regular nap times.

Children 6 to 12 years old

Children 6 to 12 years of age should get 10 to 12 hours of sleep on a regular basis. If the child is going through a growth spurt, it may be helpful to get even more sleep to allow the body to grow properly.

Teenagers and young adults

Older children, teenagers and young adults should get between 8 to 12 hours of sleep on a regular basis. A lot of physical and mental growth happens in the teenage years and it is very important to have both the right quantity and the right quality of sleep during this time of their lives.