If you are concerned about your child's sleep, one of your questions may be "How much sleep is the right amount?"
With this in mind, we thought it might be helpful to show the average amount hours of sleep a child should roughly be aiming for, based on their age.
Remember this is a guideline, and all children's needs and circumstances will differ. We tailor our work specifically to each child we support, and we appreciate and respect that parents know their children best.
You may also consider the below points, when assessing your child's sleep.
- Does your child wake grumpy and/or upset?
- Are they waking through the night?
- Are they waking too early?
- Does your child need a nap quite soon after waking up, or perhaps outside of the usual nap range?
- Do they seem to "not need" sleep?
- Can you see a difference in behaviour/energy levels when they have had a longer night's sleep?
We can help your child get the amount of sleep they need, by providing one to one support
Average Number of Hours Sleep Needed
Age Night–time Daytime Nap
12 months 11 ½ 2 ½
2 Years 11 ¾ 1 ¼
3 Years 11 1
4 Years 11 ½ The nap has usually gone at 4
5 Years 11 -
6 Years 10 ¾ -
7 years 10 ½
8 years 10 ¼
9 years 10
10 years 9 ¾
11 years 9 ½
12 years 9 ½
13 years 9 ¼
14 years 9
15 years 8 ¾
16 years 8 ½
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