Time Spent in Sleep | Child Trends

The role of sleep in children’s development is incompletely understood. However, perceived inadequate or poor-quality sleep is associated with a number of emotional, behavioral, and health problems.[1]

Remarkably, although the physiological requirement for sleep is undisputed, there is little consensus on how much sleep children actually need.[2]  Normal sleep patterns vary markedly by a child’s developmental stage, with six-month-old infants spending around 14 or more hours per day in sleep, preschoolers and school-age children sleeping 10-12 hours daily, and adolescents typically sleeping around eight hours.[3] However, there seems to be a wide variation in individual sleep needs, even among children of the same age.[4]

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