Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

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How much sleep should my child have each night?


Every child’s need for sleep is going to be different and can vary based on their age and activity level. This includes hours napped during the day plus the hours at night. Below are the averages based on age groups.

  • The average 2-3 year old requires between 12-14 hours of sleep total with 10-12 hours during the night and 1-3 hours during the day. 
  • Around 4-5 years of age, the total amount of sleep is 10-12 hours usually all at night however some in this age group require a shorter nap during the day.
  • Between 6-12 years of age, most children no longer need a nap especially as they are now in school for a full day. This age group requires approximately 10-11 hours of sleep at night. 

If your child is more fatigued than you think they should be, consider an earlier bedtime for them. If they are getting the required numbers of hours during the day it is important to rule out nutritional deficiencies as a potential cause contributing to their fatigue. Consult with your child's healthcare provider if you have any concerns about sleep or nutritional deficiencies.

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