New Sleep Guidelines

You may think I’m crazy regarding how obsessed I am about sleep, but it’s not just me! ☺️

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently reached out to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and many other sleep medical experts to help establish the recommended amount of sleep each infant, child and teen should receive.  CBS released the article today, June 13, 2016.  The article discusses not only about getting enough sleep in a 24-hour period, it also covers  the health benefits and risk to us and our children. You can read the full article here, and I highly recommend you do!

For a quick glimpse at the recommended hours, here’s an excerpt from the article:

Here’s the lowdown on how much sleep kids need at different ages, according to a consensus group of 13 sleep medicine experts and researchers who developed the recommendations:

  • Infants 4 to 12 months – 12 to 16 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).
  • Children 1 to 2 years – 11 to 14 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).
  • Children 3 to 5 years – 10 to 13 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).
  • Children 6 to 12 years –  9 to 12 hours of sleep every 24 hours.
  • Teens 13 to 18 years – 8 to 10 hours of sleep every 24 hours.

Recommendations for babies younger than 4 months aren’t included because there is such a wide range of what’s normal when it comes to sleep patterns in newborns, and there isn’t enough research to back up guidance in the youngest of infants.

 

Not thinking your child is getting enough sleep and need help, contact me!

Valerie Birch

Certified Infant & Child Sleep Consultant at Amazing Little Sleeper
Valerie Birch is a Pediatric Sleep Expert for exhausted families who have tried evvvvverything to get their child to sleep.

Through her informative and supportive blog posts and one-on-one help, she’s here to guide your child into restorative naps and peaceful nights - while making you wonder why you didn’t contact her sooner.

When she’s not consulting?You’ll find her hanging with her 2 children, getting her sweat on at the gym or baking and indulging in warm ooey-googey chocolate-chip cookies….hobbies that balance each other out!

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