How much sleep should kids get? Study lays out guidelines

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Getting enough sleep is often a battle most adults face, but a new CDC study has found kids might be just as sleep-deprived as their parents and teachers.

The guidelines are the first-ever for children of different ages from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Researchers said adequate sleep is directly linked to attention, behavior, learning, mental and physical health.

This is how much sleep is recommended for each age group:

  • Infants, 4- 12 months: 12 to 16 hours of sleep every 24 hours, including naps
  • Toddlers, 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours of sleep, including naps
  • Children, 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours of sleep, including naps
  • Children, 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours every night
  • Teens, 13 to 18 years: 8 to 10 hours every night

Researchers said not getting enough shut-eye increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and elevated depression in teens.

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