Sleep Terrors Guidelines

Updated: Mar 14, 2019
  • Author: Eve G Spratt, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Guidelines

Guidelines Summary

Healthy sleep

In 2016, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) issued consensus recommendations for the amount of sleep needed to promote optimal health in children and teenagers and to avoid the health risks of insufficient sleep. [23]

To promote optimal health, the recommendations advise the following amount of sleep (per 24 hours) on a regular basis:

  • Infants 4 to 12 months of age: 12 to 16 hours of sleep (including naps)
  • Children 1 to 2 years of age: 11 to 14 hours (including naps)
  • Children 3 to 5 years of age: 10 to 13 hours (including naps)
  • Children 6 to 12 years of age: 9 to 12 hours
  • Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age: 8 to 10 hours