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Recommended Hours of Sleep for Children

Every child is slightly different in the amount of sleep he or she needs. However, the following is a guide that will help you to decide how much sleep you and your children need, to ensure adequate rest.

Hours of sleep by age

Age Recommended   May be appropriate   Not recommended

Newborns
0-3 months

14 to 17 hours

11 to 13 hours
18 to 19 hours

Less than 11 hours
More than 19 hours

Infants
4-11 months

12 to 15 hours

10 to 11 hours
16 to 18 hours

Less than 10 hours
More than 18 hours

Toddlers
1-2 years

11 to 14 hours

9 to 10 hours
15 to 16 hours

Less than 9 hours
More than 16 hours

Preschoolers
3-5 years

10 to 13 hours

8 to 9 hours
14 hours

Less than 8 hours
More than 14 hours

School-aged Children  
6-13 years

9 to 11 hours

7 to 8 hours
12 hours

Less than 7 hours
More than 12 hours

Teenagers
14-17 years

8 to 10 hours

7 hours
11 hours

Less than 7 hours
More than 11 hours

Young Adults
18-25 years

7 to 9 hours

6 hours
10 to 11 hours

Less than 6 hours
More than 11 hours

Ref. sleepfoundation.org/sleep-news/how-much-sleep-do-babies-and-kids-need
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