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“Make Time 2 Sleep” with online bedtime calculator

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  • CDC Healthy Sleep
  • School Start Times
  • Pediatrics

By Corinne Lederhouse  |  Aug 14, 2017
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You can almost hear the groans of tired schoolchildren as summer changes to fall and a new school year begins. Early school start times mean no more sleeping in, and this can be a tough transition for many children and their families.

Luckily, it just got a whole lot easier to figure out the appropriate bedtime for children, teens and adults. The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project created an online bedtime calculator.

It was developed with the help of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS).  As part of the “Make Time 2 Sleep” campaign, the calculator helps families start routines that work with each person’s individual lifestyle and sleep requirements.

The online bedtime calculator allows kids and teens to enter an age and wake time to find an appropriate bedtime based on the sleep duration recommendations of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine:

  • Infants 4 months to 12 months old: 12 to 16 hours (including naps)
  • Children 1 to 2 years old: 11 to 14 hours (including naps)
  • Children 3 to 5 years old: 10 to 13 hours (including naps)
  • Children 6 to 12 years old: nine to 12 hours per night.
  • Teenagers 13 to 18 years old:  eight to 10 hours per night

Kids aren’t the only ones who need sufficient sleep; the AASM recommends that adults get seven or more hours of sleep each night. Wondering what time you should get to bed? The bedtime calculator works for adults, too.


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