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Kids Need Sleep

Kids need different amounts of sleep at different ages:

  • 2 year olds need 11 to 14 hours of sleep, including naps.
  • 3 to 5 year olds need 10 to 13 hours a night.
  • Finally, 6 to 12 year olds need 9 to 11 hours a night.

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How long and how well a child sleeps affects their mood, behavior, and learning.

Better and longer sleep has been linked to doing better in school.

How can I help my child get the sleep he needs?

Set a consistent sleep routine

Have a bedtime routine that helps your child get calm and ready for sleep every night. Turn all screens off 1 hour before bedtime.

Make the bedroom comfortable

Keep it cool, dark, and quiet —a fan can be used to block out background noise. Put in a nightlight if your child needs light.

Avoid caffeine

Drinking caffeinated beverages can make it harder to go to sleep.

Keep screen media out of bedrooms

Looking at screens wakes up your brain and eyes and can make it harder to fall asleep. Avoid using TV to help a child fall asleep because it can make them not sleep as well.

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For more about kids and sleep, here are a few online resources to check out: