American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s recommendations for the optimal number of hours of sleep for children and adolescents in all age groups.

Regularly sleeping fewer than the number of recommended hours is associated with attention, behavior, and learning problems. Insufficient sleep also increases the risk for accidents, injuries, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and depression. Insufficient sleep in teenagers is associated with increased risk for self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts.

Regularly sleeping more than the recommended hours may be associated with adverse health outcomes such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and mental health problems.


  • Infants 4-12 mo of age should sleep 12-16 h per 24 h (including naps).
  • Children 1-2 y of age should sleep 11-14 h.
  • Children 3-5 y of age should sleep 10-13 h.
  • Children 6-12 y of age should sleep 9-12 h.
  • Teenagers 13-18 y of age should sleep 8-10 h.

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