New guidelines reveal how much sleep your kids need

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New guidelines reveal how much sleep your kids need
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It’s one of those topics parents love (or hate) to debate: How much sleep do kids really need?

According to new guidelines released by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, there’s a certain amount of sleep kids and teenagers need in order to avoid any potential health risks associated with insufficient sleep.

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How much sleep kids need by age group

Here are the new recommendations from the AASM:

  • Infants four to 12 months should sleep 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
     
  • Children one to two years of age should sleep 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
     
  • Children three to five years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
     
  • Children six to 12 years of age should sleep nine to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

  • Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep eight to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

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Alex is the former Managing Editor of Clark.com.
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