Children who do not get the recommended amount are at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, depression, behavioral and learning problems and hypertension. Teens who get too little are at increased risk for self harm.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that per 24 hours, on a regular basis:[list line=”no” style=”style1″]
- Infants 4-12 months old need to sleep 12-16 hours (including naps)
- Children 1-2 years old need 11-14 hours (including naps)
- Children 3-5 years old need 10-13 hours (including naps)
- Gradeschoolers 6-12 years old need 9-12 hours
- Teenagers 13-18 years old need 8-10 hours