Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Recommended amounts of sleep for kids--by age

Everyone with a kid knows when they get cranky, it's because they are tired.

Now, for the first time, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has released official sleep recommendations for babies to teenagers. (J of Clinical Sleep Medicine--June).

These are:

--Infants 4 mos to a year: 12-16 hours per 24 hours--naps included.

--Toddlers 1-2 years of age: 11-14 hours per 24 hours, including naps.

--Children 3-5 years old: 10-13 hours per 24.

--Children 6-12 years old: 9-12 hours per 24.

--Teenagers 13-18: 8-10 hours per 24.

It's important to establish sleep habits early in life, in early childhood, said the panel moderator.

The recommendations came from a 10-month long study of the nation's foremost sleep experts.

Sufficient sleep is linked to better health outcomes, improve attention, behavior, learning, memory, regulation of emotions, quality of life, and mental and physical health.

Getting less sleep than recommended can increase the risk of accidents, injuries, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and depression.

More than a third of all people in the US do not get enough sleep.

Zzzzz....wait, what?

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