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Getting the right amount of sleep: the ideal sleeping habits for different ages

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January 11, 2017

After a big yawn, their little eyes close and they gently drop off, ready to enjoy sweet dreams. If only it were always like this! All children have their own needs and their own sleeping and waking patterns, which depend to a large extent on their ages and habits. However, for each stage of growth there is an ideal number of hours for children to sleep: let’s find out more together.

1 to 3 years old
As everyone knows, young children need a lot of sleep – and so do their parents! At this age, they should sleep for 12-14 hours a day.

3 to 5 years old
At this age children start to develop a routine because they have to get up at a set time and go to pre-school or school. The amount of sleep required decreases to 11-13 hours a day (including an afternoon nap).

5 to 12 years old
Children of primary school age should sleep for at least 10-11 hours a day. They should go to bed early so that they can wake up feeling refreshed and full of energy for school!

12 and over
From this age onwards, 9 hours of sleep a night are normally sufficient, although it is always important to take into account the individual needs of each child.