The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recently published
for how much sleep is enough sleep for children by age. The recommendations are as follows:
- 4 - 12 months: 12 - 16 hours per 24 hours, including naps.
- 1 - 2 years: 11 - 14 hours per 24 hours, including naps.
- 3 - 5 years: 10 - 13 hours per 24 hours, including naps.
- 6 - 12 years: 9 - 12 hours per 24 hours.
- 13 - 18 years: 8 - 10 hours per 24 hours.
Whereas not getting enough sleep each night is associated with an increase in injuries, hypertension, obesity and depression, especially for teens who may experience increased risk of self-harm or suicidal thoughts;
adequate sleep on a regular basis leads to improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health.
Pediatricians are encouraged to discuss these recommendations and healthy sleep habits with parents and teens during clinical visits.
Consider sharing the above information and following patient information handouts in your practice