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How long should a baby sleep?
Babies spend many hours in dreamland. Young babies don’t automatically get sleepy when it gets darker. Say goodbye to your own night’s sleep! Fortunately, their biological clock quickly learns a day-night rhythm.
We distinguish three periods in a baby’s sleep development:
• 0-1 month : your baby sleeps fifteen to seventeen hours a day, divided into short sleeps of two to four hours.
• 1-4 months : Your baby now sleeps fourteen to fifteen hours a day and starts to develop a kind of day-night rhythm. In the evening, he or she sleeps the longest, probably about four to six hours.
• 4-12 months : Your baby is still sleeping fourteen to fifteen hours a day, but now it is important to develop a healthy sleep rhythm. Usually, a baby takes three more naps a day: in the morning, early afternoon, and afternoon. The afternoon nap is supposed to gradually disappear from the sleep schedule, so your baby will sleep better at night.
How long should toddlers and toddlers (1 to 3 years) sleep?
Toddlers and toddlers sleep twelve to fourteen hours a day. When your toddler is about a year and a half old, he or she can skip the morning nap to do one long nap in the afternoon that lasts about one to three hours.
Toddlers usually go to bed between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM and wake up again between 6:00 AM and 8:00 AM.
How long should toddlers (3 to 6 years) sleep?
Toddlers sleep about ten to twelve hours a day. Like toddlers, it is best to go to bed between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM and get up between 6:00 AM and 8:00 AM. Until your child is five years old, he or she can still take an afternoon nap, but it is getting shorter and shorter.
How long do school-aged children (6 to 12 years) sleep?
School-aged children sleep ten to eleven hours a day. Young children need more sleep than older children. We have listed an indication of bed times per age group:
• 5-6 years : between 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM
• 7-8 years : between 7:30 PM and 8:00 PM
• 9-10 years : between 8:00 PM and 8:30 PM
• 11-12 years : between 8:30 PM and 9:00 PM
How long should adolescents (12-18 years) sleep?
Teenagers in puberty need to sleep eight to ten hours a day. That is more than adults, because an adolescent body is still in full development. That takes a lot of energy! In addition, too little sleep can have an adverse effect on school performance and mental and physical health.
In adolescents, bed times are often a subject of controversy: they can hardly get out of bed in the morning, while they prefer to stay up as long as possible in the evening. The biological clock of adolescents can be disturbed because the production of the sleep hormone melatonin starts too late. As a result, adolescents often cannot fall asleep in time, even though they have to get up early on school days.
We have listed an indication of bed times for adolescents:
• 12-15 years : between 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM
• 15-17 years : between 21:30 and 22:00
• 17-18 years : between 22:00 and 23:00