Child Sleep Statistics and How They Relate to Early Development


Adequate sleep is a critical cornerstone to early childhood development.

Whether you spent a long day at the office or pulled an all-nighter cramming for an exam, we all understand how it feels to be tired. Focus becomes difficult, memories grow hazy, and the quality of work your brain is able to produce diminishes. Getting a good night’s sleep is important for any person, but it is especially critical for children. Don’t believe us? Let’s shed light on some child sleep statistics that may change your mind.

Why is Children’s Sleep so Important?

Children need an ample amount of restful sleep to grow and remain healthy. In fact, sleep is one of the most important aspects of early childhood development. If your student is tired, they may miss school or fall behind in class. Check out our blog “The Importance of Forming Healthy School Attendance Habits Early On” to learn more about that. Don’t assume that your child is getting enough sleep – studies show that children get less sleep during a 24-hour period than what is recommended by sleep experts.

Child Sleep Statistics and Habits

According to Sleep for Kids, a service of the National Sleep Foundation, studies revealed the following child sleep statistics and habits:

  • School-aged children (1st – 5th grades) get an average of 9.5 hours of sleep, while experts recommend 10 to 11 hours for peak functioning.
  • 69% of children 10 and under experience at least one sleep problem 3x a week or more, yet only 1 in 10 parents asked their child’s doctor about a sleep problem
    • Sleep problems include but are not limited to insomnia, nightmares, restless legs syndrome (RLS), sleep talking, sleepwalking, snoring, sleep terrors, and more
  • About 10-12% of normal children habitually snore
  • Childhood obesity increases the risk of sleep apnea
  • 43% of school-aged children have TVs in their bedroom, which contributes to shorter sleep time
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