Pediatric Homeopathy

How Much Sleep Does a Child Need? January 17, 2010

Filed under: Parenting — singbanshee @ 2:22 am

Here’s a chart on how much sleep the average child needs. A lot of children suffer from ADHD like symptoms because they simply are not getting enough sleep. Many parents do not realize that many children actually begin “winding up” – running around and generally acting out of sorts around bedtime not because they aren’t tired but because they are tired – very, very tired.

Age              Nighttime sleep            Daytime sleep                      Average total sleep
2 years        10.5 to 12.5 hours          1 to 3 hours (1 nap)             11.5 to 15.5 hours
3 years        10.5 to 12.5 hours          1 to 3 hours (1 nap)                 11 to 14 hours
4 years            10 to 12 hours          0 to 2.5 hours (1 or no nap)     10 to 13 hours
5 years            10 to 12 hours          0 to 2.5 hours (1 or no nap)     10 to 12.5 hours
6 years            10 to 11.5 hours                none                                     10 to 11.5 hours
7 years           9.5 to 11.5 hours                none                                    9.5 to 11.5 hours
8 years           9.5 to 11.5 hours               none                                    9.5 to 11.5 hours

Some ways to tell if your your child is sleep deprived is to answer these questions:

* Does my child frequently fall asleep while riding in the car?
* Do I have to wake him almost every morning?
* Does he seem cranky, irritable, or overtired during the day?

Warmly,
Homeo Ped

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