Is My Child Getting Enough Sleep?

Is My Child Getting Enough Sleep?

Many children go through their days sleep-deprived. When children do not get enough sleep their actions can be wrongly classified as “behavior problems.” Due to lack of sleep, they may have trouble controlling their emotions. This happens because the part of the brain that helps us regulate our responses and actions is greatly affected by the amount of sleep we get.

Parents are sometimes unsure of actually how much sleep a child needs. The chart below was created using data from the University of Michigan Health System. It shows you a ballpark amount of sleep a child needs.

Age and Total Hours of Sleep Needed

  • Infant: 16 hours, including naps
  • Toddler: 14 hours, including 1 or 2 naps
  • Preschool: 12 hours, including a nap
  • Elementary: 11 hours a night
  • Middle School: 10 hours a night