PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Most of us know how many hours of sleep we need, but do we know how much sleep children need? Those numbers can vary.
Most adults fall into a range where seven to nine hours of high-quality sleep makes them feel rested. For children, however, seven to nine hours is not enough.
The first age group to look at is children between 2 months to 12 months of age. In the first year of life, children need 12 to 16 hours a day — and if your child is 1 year old, he or she should be enjoying two naps a day.
Between ages 1 and 3, there is a need for 11 to 14 hours a day, and they should take one nap.
From 3 to 5, only about half the children take a nap, but the child still needs 10 to 13 hours of sleep.
From ages 5 to 12, napping becomes extremely rare, but the child still needs nine to 12 hours.
By the teen years, eight to 10 hours are needed — but many teens have inconsistent schedules.