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With school holidays well and truly underway, some parents might be thinking about the best times to put their little ones to sleep. Sleep times on a school night may be different to those during holiday, but how can you ensure your children are getting enough sleep?

Parents don’t need to worry about this anymore as an expert has shared ideal times that kids should drift off to sleep, giving you peace of mind and hopefully some rest too. Although the chart was shared in 2015, it continues to be of use to parents today, especially during the school holidays when sleeping times might be up in the air.

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The helpful teacher from Wilson Elementary School shared a handy chart showing the times children should be in bed, which depends on the time that they woke up.

The chart covers the ages from five to 12 years old. Children who are five need to be in bed from 6:45pm to 8:15pm, depending on the time that they opened their eyes.

Older children aged between 11 and 12 years old need to be sleeping between 8:15pm and 9:45pm. Here is the full list of ideal times that you children should be asleep by.

Stacey Karlsen, a first grade teacher at Wilson Elementary School simply wanted to share some sleeping tips with parents of her students and was gobsmacked by the popularity of her now-viral post on Facebook. She told Fox6Now: "It's taken this school by storm - and more so, because barely 200 kids attend here - and this chart suggesting what time your child should go to bed, has been shared on Facebook more than 300,000 times.

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"Initially I just said to my principal 'you have to be kidding me.' To me, it was a shock. I didn't make it up. I found it coming across my personal page and I thought 'Wow, this is super helpful'".

She was backed up by Principal Yolanda Jackson-Lewis who said: "We can tell who's well-rested and ready for their day and those who maybe didn't get enough sleep the night before.

“We are just trying to get people to think about it, ‘if there is something I can be doing different to help my child sleep.’”

Lack of sleep could impact your child's behaviour and learning © GETTY IMAGES Lack of sleep could impact your child's behaviour and learning

The amount of sleep a child needs will gradually decrease with age. Getting the right amount of sleep is important for people of all ages, but especially so for children in their formative years, whose concentration, learning, physical and mental health may be detrimentally impacted with lack of sleep.

Sleeping baby © GETTY Sleeping baby

The Sleep Doctor headed up by clinical psychologist Dr. Michael J. Breus recommends newborns get up to 17 hours of sleep, whilst teenagers get up to 10 hours sleep. Here is the list in full:

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  • Newborns (up to three months): 14 to 17 hours
  • Infants (four to 11 months): 12 to 15 hours
  • Toddlers (one to two): 11 to 14 hours
  • Preschoolers (three to five): 10 to 13 hours
  • School-age (six to 13): 9 to 11 hours
  • Tweens and Teens (14 to 17): 8 to 10 hours


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