Dr. Anthony Vetrano Responds:
Most children from 6 years of age to 12 years of age will get between 8-12 hours of sleep at night, so 10 would be a good average and 8 would be a minimum.
If a child wakes up with energy and does well in the mornings at school, then they are likely getting enough sleep. If a child snores quite a bit or has sleep apnea, they may sleep longer (11-14 hours) and still be tired during the day.
So, ten hours is an average number of hours for overnight sleep for a ten year-old.
– Dr. Anthony Vetrano
Anthony Vetrano, M.D. is chairman of Mercy Hospital’s Pediatrics Department and was named a Top Doctor in Western New York (2008-2010) in Buffalo Spree Magazine.
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