In the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine published consensus recommendations for the amount of sleep needed to promote optimal health in children and adolescents between the ages of 4 months and 18 years.
The consensus statement was developed by a panel of 13 experts in sleep medicine and research, who reviewed and graded 864 scientific articles. The recommendations were approved by the AASM board of directors and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Sleep Research Society and the American Association of Sleep Technologists.
The publication of the statement has generated significant media interest, including coverage by:
- CBS News – New sleep guidelines for babies, kids and teens
- CNN – Here’s how long children should sleep every day
- New York Times – Kids’ Sleep Guidelines Spell Out Shut-Eye Guidance by Age
- Washington Post – How much sleep do kids and teens really need? New recommendations from experts
- TIME – Here’s How Much Sleep Babies and Kids Need, By Age
A manuscript detailing the conference proceedings and the evidence supporting these recommendations will be published in a future issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.