While children may seem anything but sleepy at bedtime, they may not be getting enough sleep. Sleep patterns vary, based on the age of the child. Children need to get enough sleep to help their mood, memory, and thinking. Sleep also helps the body be healthy, such as helping to recover from an illness.
Infants (up to 1 year of age)
Toddlers (ages 1 to 2)
Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5)
School-aged children (ages 6 to 12)
Teens (ages 13 to 17)
To help your child sleep:
Every child is different, and some need more sleep than others. If your child seems tired during the day, moody, or "overactive," she may not be getting enough sleep.
Most sleep problems in children and teens are not serious and will go away on their own. Some sleep problems, however, may need treatment by a healthcare provider. If you are concerned about your child's sleep, talk to your child's healthcare provider.