No two children are the same and all children require varying levels of sleep as they grow up. Some children love their sleep and go out like a light with little or no fuss. However, it isn’t always the case and can prove to be a real struggle for parents.

Noting what the recommended amount of sleep is based on your child’s age will be a good indicator of what is appropriate.

Our Children’s Sleep Guide

AgeNight time sleepDaytime sleepAverage total sleep
2 years10 to 12 hours1 to 3 hours (1 nap)11 to 14 hours
3 years10 to 12 hours1 to 3 hours (1 nap)10 to 13 hours
4 years10 to 13 hours0 to 2.5 hours (1 or no nap)10 to 13 hours
5 years10 to 13 hours0 to 2.5 hours (1 or no nap)10 to 13 hours
6 years9 to 11 hoursnone9 to 11 hours
7 years9 to 11 hoursnone9 to 11 hours
8 years9 to 11 hoursnone9 to 11 hours
*Note: The two sets of numbers don’t always add up because children who take longer naps tend to sleep fewer hours at night and vice versa.

There are many signs of an overtired child. Take time out and ask yourself these questions :

– How often does my child frequently fall asleep while driving in the car?

– Do I have to wake him almost every morning?

– What is your child’s mood like? A cranky, irritable child indicates they aren’t getting enough sleep.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child may not be getting as much sleep as his body needs.

How To Encourage A More Restful Sleep

Finally, the following tips may help you get your child off to a restful sleep :

– Develop a bedtime routine and stick to it.

– Limit screen time an hour before they are due to go to bed. This is especially important as studies have shown the blue light from screens has a big impact on the quality of sleep you have.

– Try some time tested bedtime remedies such as a warm bath or some warm milk

– Give your child a light snack and a drink an hour before bed

Good luck 🙂