How much sleep does a 12 year old need?

Amanda - posted on 06/05/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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How many hours of sleep does a 12 year old need to get every night?

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Joy - posted on 01/05/2013

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My 12 year old g/daughter just started her period, she is very temperamental. She wants to sleep 15-17 hours straight. I don't understand. Surely, this can't be normal, could it?

Ashlie - posted on 06/07/2009

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My 12 year old daughter recently went for her checkup at the Dr. and our Dr. stated that it was important for children her age to have atleast 10 hours of sleep ebery night as their bodies and minds are doing a great deal of growing at this stage.

Hanna - posted on 12/17/2012

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An average 12 year old would get around 9-11 hrs of sleep... They need it!

Jo - posted on 09/12/2012

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Usually, about 8-10 hours, but younger children, should aim for 10-12 hours.

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Sour - posted 1 day ago

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I'm 12 and a couple of times i wouldint sleep from 4 to 8 and I would wake up eat breakfast then I'll be good for the rest of the day. (The 2 times i didn't sleep from4 to 8 once i did it on purpose the other was a accident) but then again every one is different so for me i need 4 hours of sleep but I will have to say a pre-teen should need about 8 or more hours of sleep hope i helped cuz who knows 12 year olds better than a 12 year old.

Amelia - posted on 07/15/2014

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After looking at several websites the average is around 9 hours. It depends on the child really but 7-11 should be fine. Sometimes things like school and friends can keep them up as they're stressed but there are several ways to help them get to sleep earlier which you can research on the internet and YouTube.

Jessie - posted on 03/05/2014

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My child is about 14 nearly 15 she goes to bed at 9.30-10 she gets up at 7 on a school night on Sunday or Saturday she goes to bed at 11-12 when her friends are her she goes to bed at 1 she won't go to bed a 4 that's the good thing she helps a lot :)

Patrick - posted on 01/22/2014

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I am a 12 year old and I function great on getting 6 hours of sleep some . People are different than others but don't need as much sleep as your supposing giving them. That "sleep" is more or less used up by reading or any other ways of not getting to sleep. 13 hours is beyond overkill they should not need more than 10hours and if they do than they are using that time for something else.

Stella - posted on 01/04/2014

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This is of course going to be helpful towards the child's health and well being, but don't you think it's quite extreme to be putting a 12 year old into bed at such an early time?
I suspect you used to have a mother and a father who were lousy and let you go to bed late, and you learned from that, and you want your child to have a better childhood than you had, but that doesn't mean she should be getting THIRTEEN hours of sleep.
I have read an article that if a 12 year old gets more than 11 and a half hours of sleep, they are bound to find new ways to break the bedtime rule, like read with a miniature light, or go on any entertaining gadget while you think she or he is sleeping. If your kid hasn't developed that sense of tricking you yet, than it is sure to happen soon.
My 12 year old daughter goes to bed at 8:00 and get's up at 7:30 because, with no offence included, I do not want to drive my child into boredom and insanity.
Good luck with your child and keep a watch on her/him because if he/she breaks those tight boundaries that you've created, I wouldn't blame her at all.

Nightfall - posted on 12/31/2013

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I am 12 years old, right now its 3:37 am and Im awake. I get straight A's in school and I am very social with friends. Every day I follow this ackward sleeping schedule that work perfectly! I go to bed at 10pm, then my body wakes up at 3:00am during this time I read or listen to music usually. Then I go back to bed at 4:30am, I wake up at 7:30 for school, (I am homeschooled) after I do that I take an afternoon nap at 2:00pm until 3:30pm. Then I repeat the process the next day! In total I receive 9 and a half hours of sleep. P.S if you think that your child should try this schedule then they probably aren't homeschooled so try it on holidays or weekends. I really recommend that you try it, you will feel so refreshed instead of like a zombie. You can also change the schedule and move the hours that you go to bed so maybe you can make them go to bed at 9pm wake up at 1am, go back to sleep at 2:30am then wake up at 6:30 ect

Kylie - posted on 12/22/2013

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Thank you so much I'm 12 years old and every break like spring break, Christmas break, and summer break the first week it takes getting used to sleeping in, and the second week I'm sleeping in, and the third week it's waking up at 7:00 it's just not fair for me.

Cath - posted on 11/04/2013

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My child goes to bed at 6:30 pm and wakes up at 7:30 and she is 12

Julie - posted on 12/01/2011

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I think 12 hours is recommended, although I suppose it still depends on how active they are during the day.

Karen - posted on 06/10/2009

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My 13 yr old girl is nightmare!! (No pun inteneded LOL) She "goes to bed" - finally - at 10 - 10.30 and then wanders, fidgets, needs a drink etc., sometimes till gone 11pm! BUT, she does get up in the morning, without any trouble between 6.30 - 7am :)

Maria - posted on 06/06/2009

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My boys were trained at an early age that bedtime is 8:30pm, which gives them about half hour to quiet down and get to sleep so technically, they don't get their REMs until 9pm. My husband and I firmly believe that children that age need about 10-12 hours of sleep. Now that they're in high school, they have so much school work that sleep is cut down between 7-8 hours. We wouldn't let them not get enough sleep, or they'd be dragging themselves in the morning, or be walking like zombies! lol

Monica - posted on 06/05/2009

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My 10 year goes to bed at 8pm and wakes up on her own between 5 and 5:30am. She's very active at school and seems to cope well with the amount of sleep she is currently getting.

Gwen - posted on 06/05/2009

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with summer coming, you can probably figure out how much your 12 year old needs (i know my 11 year old needs 11 hrs. of sleep, but one of his friends functions just fine on 9 hours a night). Get him to bed at the same time every night for a few nights (not unGodly late, obviously), and by the 3rd or 4th day he should start waking up at the same time every day on his own, when his body tells him he's had enough sleep. after a few days of consistant bedtimes and him getting up on his own at the same time, you'll know!

Cidalia - posted on 06/05/2009

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How much sleep a 12 year old needs depends on the child, although a lot of children that age begin to need a bit more sleep. Unfortunately, it's also the beginning of the teen years, when their bodies begin to have trouble falling asleep earlier in the night (teens are not built for early mornings)... but still, a reasonable and regular bedtime should be set so they're not groggy in the morning.

Amanda - posted on 06/05/2009

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A lot, think of teenagers like infants, their bodys are growing at extremely fast rates, as well the brain is going through some major changes. I would say at least 12 hours a day even if that is with evening sleep and a nap.

Gwen - posted on 06/05/2009

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with summer coming, you can probably figure out how much your 12 year old needs (i know my 11 year old needs 11 hrs. of sleep, but one of his friends functions just fine on 9 hours a night). Get him to bed at the same time every night for a few nights (not unGodly late, obviously), and by the 3rd or 4th day he should start waking up at the same time every day on his own, when his body tells him he's had enough sleep. after a few days of consistant bedtimes and him getting up on his own at the same time, you'll know!

Cidalia - posted on 06/05/2009

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How much sleep a 12 year old needs depends on the child, although a lot of children that age begin to need a bit more sleep. Unfortunately, it's also the beginning of the teen years, when their bodies begin to have trouble falling asleep earlier in the night (teens are not built for early mornings)... but still, a reasonable and regular bedtime should be set so they're not groggy in the morning.

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