Experts Recommend Amount of Sleep for Kids
The experts say that teenagers 13 to 18 years old should get 8 to 10 hours of sleep for improved attention and brain function. Getting enough sleep also decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes and mental illness. Kids 6 to 12 years old should get 9 to 12 hours of sleep to receive the same benefits, while it's recommended that toddlers get 11 to 14 hours of snoozy time and babies should get 12 to 16 hours of dream-time.
These guidelines come from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and factor in suggestions by the American Academy of Pediatrics, based on a review of sleep and how the sufficiency or deficiency affects health.
Keep in mind that technology, such as phones, TVs and tablets, can negatively affect the amount of sleep we get. Sleep.com has details here on what might be keeping you or your kids awake at night.