For children age 4 months to 18 years, specific amounts of sleep are recommended based on health and behavior outcomes.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine developed a set of consensus recommendations for amounts of sleep for children of different ages based on evidence review and expert discussion. The recommendations state that to promote optimal health, children should regularly sleep the following amounts per 24 hours:

  • Infants aged 4 to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours (including naps)

  • Children aged 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours (including naps)

  • Children aged 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours (including naps)

  • Children aged 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours

  • Teenagers aged 13 to 18 years: 8 to 10 hours

The recommendations have been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Sleep Research Society, and the American Association of Sleep Technologists.