Experts Reveal How Much Sleep Babies Need By Age


Babies sleeping patterns are often unpredictable. Sometimes their waking hours shift and you have no choice but to move your schedule around to fit theirs. This is why most adults with babies and young children have poor sleep, which is one of the biggest contributing factors to life-threatening diseases like obesity and heart disease.

But this problem isn’t exclusively an adult problem. With the intrusion of tablets and smartphones, even kids these days lack sleep, too.

As a result, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine have recommended a set of sleeping hours based on age, TIME reports. Based on 864 studies tracking children’s sleeping patterns, they found that children who slept less had behavioral problems as well as learning deficiencies. Based on the studies, here are the recommended number of hours for children, according to their ages:

For babies:

                4 to 12 months – 12 to 16 hours

For children:

                1 to 2 years – 11 to 14 hours

                3 to 5 years – 10 to 13 hours

                6 to 12 years – 9 to 12 hours

Teens – 8 to 10 hours

Some of the negative effects of sleep deprivation are explosive tantrums, mood swings, difficulty focusing and concentrating, hyperactivity, clumsiness and others.