How much sleep is too much?

Kerri - posted on 05/26/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I feel like my daughter sleeps SO much. She sleeps around 10-11hours each night then takes a 3 hour nap around noon and another nap that is an hour or 2 long around 6.

She's sleeping almost 16 hours a day!

I plan on asking her Dr. at our next well visit (2yo) but until then I figured I'd ask you other mommies!

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I think I'd be more concerned if it was a new thing. But if she's been doing it for awhile it's probably just how she is. I do think I'd ask her doctor though just to be sure, b/c I suppose it could be a sign that something isn't right, like a deficiency in something like iron, maybe being anemic....I am not a doctor so I don't know what would cause excessive sleepiness, but it never hurts to ask. I just wouldn't worry about it in the meantime as long as she is happy when she's awake and has been behaving the way she has always been. :)

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Does she sleep through the night or wake up frequently?

Is she teething or coming down with something?

Has she always slept more than average?

It does seem like a lot of sleep. The "average" for around this age is approx 11.5 hours at night and about a 2 hour nap during the day. So 13.5 hours total. BUT if it's working for you both and she's happy, eating well, active and doesn't seem lethargic or like something is wrong with her and she has always slept a more than average it should be fine. I'd def. ask the ped. if it is drastically different than her normal sleeping habits though.

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Angela - posted on 06/10/2010

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every child is different and will only sleep when they are tiered so i wouldn't worry about it but if it still worries you it might be worth following through with the idea of talking to your doctor

Christine - posted on 06/07/2010

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My son is 22 months and sleeps 7:30pm to 7:30-8am and usually takes a 2-3 hour nap @12:30 or 1. I asked his ped. last time I was in for shots and he said that it was OK as long as he was not having problems while awake. I love the time in the morning its like nothing will wake him up till he is ready to. enjoy. I actually had to wake him early the other day because we have church at 9 and it was 840 and he wasn't up yet. so I went in and woke him up and said time to wake up all cheerful. and he rolled away from me hugging his stuffed animal and said in a very groggy voice "NO sleep." My husband and I totally laughed he is going to be a pain as a teenager. LOL I guess I agree with the other moms unless there is something else wrong the sleeping is fine, enjoy. =)

Tresha - posted on 06/06/2010

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hi i thought i would add a little more to the subject if that is ok. our son who is 21 months sleeps a lot as well thank god. we were worried about it as well but were told by the ped that it is normal but on top of a lot of sleep ours is on the worst schedule ever he wakes up and about 10 to 11am and naps at about 3 to 4 pm for 2 hours and then again at about 8 to 9 for about 30 to 45 mins and them goes to bed at midnight and no matter what we do it doesnt change. a lot of sleep at this age is normal in my opinion i think we should take advantage and get some sleep ourselves because it wont always be like this.

Vanessa - posted on 06/06/2010

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Hello! My daughter, who is 22, months, also sleeps a lot. She sleeps 13-14 hours at night and also has a 2 hour nap in the afternoon. She is very healthy but very active while awake. We were told by our doctor that she is perfectly fine - growing fast and her activity while awake balances her out.

Candace - posted on 06/05/2010

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My daughter has the exact same schedule, her daytime naps are slowly getting shorter, dont worry, they sleep when they need to, they grow and develop when they sleep!!! Enjoy the quiet time!!!

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My son is almost 22 months and he sleeps a 12 hour night and has a 3 hour nap after lunch. That's his schedule and I am not disposed to change it! If we are out, or have had a busy day, he will cat nap in the car/bike trailer/stroller on top of his nap. I am not worried and am thankful for his sleep. If you don't feel right about the sleeping, do talk to your doctor specifically about it. You are the "mama" and you will get that feeling if something is wrong.

Jan - posted on 06/05/2010

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I was worried about my son, he sleeps from 8.30pm until 7am, then takes a 3hour nap from noon, he drinks lots too, i had him tested for diabetes, i also have to wake him most afternoons which only makes him grumpy i then have to leave him another half hour or so to wake himself up properly, i was getting concerned but now he is 22 months, he suddenly has started waking in the night for up to an hour some nights, and frquently misses a nap in the day or has 2 hours sleep instead of the 3 he was having, i also noticed he had grown quite a bit during that time too, so ive put it down to a growth spurt now. he also is on the go from the minute he is awake to the minute he drops off, i only wish i could get as much sleep, i have an 11 month old who could propably win a gold medal for not sleeping haha

Kimberly - posted on 06/04/2010

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I know a lot of moms that would love to be in your shoes...does she sleep through the night...when she is up are you all very active?

Nazevyanga - posted on 06/04/2010

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What time does she wake in the morning? How much does she play? When she sleeps does she wake in the night? LO is 21 mos, she will take an hr and a half to three hours from 12noon then at 8:30pm like clockwork to 5 or 6 am, but she plays like there's no tomorrow.

Jenalyn - posted on 06/02/2010

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According to the "sleep experts" she is getting plenty of sleep. They need around 11-12 a night and then 2-3 during the day. So although she is getting less than 12 at night she is making up for it during her day naps. Obviously, if there are other signals, like peeing through the diaper every night, excessive thirst then you might have more cause for concern. Possible diabetes. Isn't it crazy all the things that more knowledge brings up? For me, the more I know the more I look for it in my son. I thought one night he was breathing funny and was convinced he had a sleeping disorder. Dios Mio. The stresses of being a mother :) Hope you have a great summer!

Kerri - posted on 05/29/2010

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Thank you Nicole, She has had this schedule for a while now and I keep waiting for her to need to cut out her second nap but she still takes it. She fusses a little at night but pretty much sleeps through the night. I mean I'm not complaining, I love her nap times so I can get somethings done or just relax! I'm just worried if she is getting to much and why. when she's up she is happy and playing so hopefully everything is fine

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