Your Child's Sleep Needs

According to experts at the Sleep Medicine and Research Center in St. Louis, the current estimates of the sleep needs of children for each 24 hours are as follows:

• One-year-old: 14 hours, including one or two naps

• Two-year-old: 11 to 12 hours at night plus a single, after-lunch nap of one to two hours

• Three-year-old: 12 to 12 1/2 hours

• Four-year-old: 11 ½ to 12 hours

• Five-year-old: 11 hours

• Six-year-old: 10 3/4 to 11 hours

• Seven-year-old: 10 1/2 to 11 hours

• Eight-year-old: 10 1/4 to 10 3/4 hours

• Nine-year-old: 10 to 10 1/3 hours

• Ten through puberty: 9 3/4 to 10 hours

• Adolescent to adult: 9 ¼ hours

What do you think? Join the debate and share your opinion.

Inda Schaenen is a freelance writer and full-time mother of three children. She and her family live in St. Louis, Missouri.

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