New guidelines emerge on how much sleep your kids need

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New Guidelines on How Much Sleep Your Kids Need

By Troy Frisby and Susana Victoria Perez, Buzz60

As a parent, it's important to set bedtimes so your children get the sleep they need.

However, not everyone knows how many hours kids truly need -- and it changes as they grow older.

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A new study reveals the current sleep guidelines for babies, kids and teenagers.

According to sleep medicine experts and researchers, kids who don't get enough sleep are at risk of mental and physical health issues.

Each day, they recommend infants between four and 12 months get 12 to 16 hours of sleep.

One-year-old and two-year-old children should get 11 to 14 hours of sleep, while kids between three and five should get 10 to 13 hours.

The numbers dip a bit as kids get older, with children six to 12 years recommended to get between nine and 12 hours of sleep a night.

As for the teenage years, young adults between 13 and 18 should get eight to 10 hours of sleep.

Now if the researchers could just conduct a study on the best way to get a teen to abide by those guidelines, we'd be all set!

These adorable napping animals look like they know how to make time for some shut-eye:

Sleepy, napping animals
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New guidelines emerge on how much sleep your kids need
kangaroo sleeping in hot summer afternoon Australian.
happy dog lying upside down, eyes closed and smiling with paw in mouth
Young polar bear sleeps on rocks at the zoo
Domestic Pig, Huellhorst, Germany
Close up of cygnet sleeping.
Bulldog lying down on back
Wolong Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China
Sleeping monkey
A domestic pet cat sleeping
Dog sleeps upside-down on a couch that matches her coat.
Chimpanzee lying on grass.
Harp Seal

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