How many hrs of sleep a night for a 5 yr old who doesn't nap?

Kellie - posted on 02/07/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




My preschooler is almost 5 and goes to 5 hr preschool. He no longer naps during the day and gets about 10-11 hrs of sleep a night. He has a lot of behavior problems at home and school such as not listening and not following directions. He seems to have more than other kids in his class because his teacher has talked to us about it and he gets more yellow and red light than the other kids. Also, bedtime is a huge ordeal. He gets out of his bed several times and a lot of times makes us rub his back or lay with him. Recently I was reading a book that indicated a lot of preschooler behavior problems are the result of lack of sleep. Especially, having a hard time going to sleep because if they are running on cortisol then they're going to have a hard time going to sleep. It makes sense, so I'm just curious how much sleep other preschoolers are getting. I'll be so elated if this helps with our problems. We all ready have a sticker-reward chart to help with following directions and being good but that hasn't made a huge difference.


Jodi - posted on 02/07/2011




My daughter is going on 6, and she has about 10-11 hours a night. She is in full-time Kindergarten, so no sleeps during the day. She also wakes on her own in the morning. My son, on the other hand, when he was that age, seemed to need a LOT more sleep - about 12 hours. So every kid is different. One way I have always judged whether they are getting enough sleep is if they wake of their own accord in the morning or if I have to wake them up :) If I am having to wake them, they obviously need a bit more sleep.

Another thought, however, what sort of foods is he eating and what sort of things does he drink? There could be a food preservative or additive he is reacting to? That is also an avenue worth investigating. I have a step-son who reacts to certain food additives and he gets REALLY hyperactive, so much so it drives us nuts. And he is 11, an age at which it is generally assumed they grow out of it. We still eliminate things from his diet to minimise the resulting behaviour.


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Jenn - posted on 02/07/2011




My son is 5 and hasn't napped in 2 years now. He goes to bed at 7:30pm and wakes up between 6:30am and 8am - depends on the day. I'd suggest trying out a new calming night time routine to help wind him down - it sounds like he's having a hard time getting into sleep mode.

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My girls quit napping at 2.5 (after I spent 6 months driving them to sleep EVERY day) and slept 12 hour nights (approximately) from then up until they were about 6.5 years old.

My almost 3 year old son doesn't nap every day.... and will nap over 3 hours on some days. Most nights he sleeps 9-10 hours. I can sometimes get him to sleep 11 hours on the days he doesn't nap.

All that to say that.... every kid and their sleep needs are different. I 'believe' that the average for a preschooler is 11-13 hours though.

Kellie - posted on 02/07/2011




He fought the nap so we quit doing it just like he would fight going to bed at night. Once he is asleep for the night he stays asleep and doesn't wake till morning but he consistently gets out until he falls asleep because he doesn't want to go to bed in the first place. I'm on night two of an earlier bedtime and he went right to bed so I'm really hoping that this is the answer. I'm trying not to get my hopes up.

Tyrae - posted on 02/07/2011




Did he knock out the nap in the middle of the day? Or did you do that. If you got rid of it maybe bring it back into his schedule. If that's not it maybe he needs a softer/harder bed. Or is in need of new bedding. He might just not be comfortable enough to sleep through the night.

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