Children: To Sleep or Not to Sleep? That is the Question...



Sleep in Children

Almost all children experience some type of sleep difficulty. Many times these difficulties will have effects upon their behavior, level of functioning, and general well-being.

Recent surveys have found that approximately 25 percent of kids between one and five years old experience some type of sleep disturbance.

With four small children of my own, I've had more experience with infant and child sleep patterns and disturbances than the average person! My friends call me as a resource for sleep related questions regarding their own children, so I guess that makes me sort of an unofficial "expert" on the topic.

How Long Do Babies Sleep?

Babies Sleep Requirement Hours By Age
Age Total Hours (Including Naps) Number of Naps
1 Week 16.5 Hours Total 4 Naps
1 Month 15.5 Hours Total 3 Naps
3 Months 15 Hours Total 3 Naps
6 Months 14.25 Hours Total 2 Naps
9 Months 14 Hours Total 2 Naps
1 Year 13.75 Hours Total 2 Naps
18 Months 13.5 Hours Total 1 Nap

How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need?

Child Sleep Requirement Hours By Age
Age Nighttime Sleep Daytime Sleep Average Total Sleep
2 10.5 to 12.5 1 to 3 (1 nap) 11.5 to 15.5 Hours
3 10.5 to 12.5 1 to 3 (1 nap) 11 to 14 Hours
4 10 to 12 0 to 2.5 (1 or no nap) 10-13 Hours
5 10-12 0 to 2.5 (1 or no nap) 10 to 12.5 Hours
6 10 to 11.5 none 10 to 11.5 Hours
7 9.5-11.5 none 9.5 to 11.5 Hours
8 9.5 to 11.5 none 9.5 11.5 Hours

Sleep Disorders in Children

Sleep disorders in kids keep them from getting a full night's rest. Many children have difficulty falling and staying asleep, and suffer from several sleep difficulties throughout the night.

Common child sleep disorders:



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