Doctors have issued new guidelines on children’s sleep which tells how much sleep children should get at different ages.

New Guidelines on Children's SleepAccording the the guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, babies under 1 year should sleep 12 to 16 hours a day, including naps. Children between the ages of 1 to 2 should sleep 11 to 14 hours a day.

For children ages 3 to 5, sleep should be 10 to 13 hours daily.  The guidelines say that children ages 6 to 12 should sleep 9 to 12 hours a day.  Teenagers need to sleep 8 to 10 hours a day.  This is the first set of guidelines that this group has issued.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed the guidelines.  In addition they recommend that all screens are turned off half an hour before bedtime, including TVs and computers.  Parents should not allow their children to have screens in their bedrooms.

The guidelines were developed when the authors reviewed previous research on the relationship between sleep and children’s overall health.

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