How much sleep is too much sleep? - FamilyEducation
How much sleep is too much sleep?
07/29/2011 at 12:06 PM

I recently noticed my 16 month old is still sleeping as much as he's ever slept. The problem is, he's been a great sleeper since he was 3 months old, easily topping 12 hours a night in most cases.

Now that he's 16 months, he's STILL sleeping from 630pm to around 8am every morning, and yes, he sleeps through the night with no waking. I camp the baby monitor to listen for him, sometimes it keeps me up at night as I worry thinking I'll miss him cry out to me, but he sleeps through the night.

His normal schedule is night 630pm (sometimes he falls asleep around 7-715. He wakes up anywhere from 730am to 8am, and then goes right back down for his morning nap from 930 to 11. He wakes up from 11 to around 1230, and desperately seems to need a nap, like he just can't stay awake. He'll sleep from around 1230-1 to around 3. Most often we have to wake him up, and that's a process itself.

How much sleep is too much? He's sleeping anywhere from 16-18 hours a day, and while I certainly don't mind the "me time" it seems like we're forcing him to stay awake and he just can't seem to handle it.


If he's good tempered and his energy level and weight are ok, I wouldn't worry. An average for 16 month old kids is 14 hours of sleep, 10 hours of waking, with about 11 hours of sleep at night. That's an average, so some kids sleep more, some sleep less.

The sleep requirement for everyone may differ. It also varies from age to age. The amount of sleep you need to function best may be different for you than for someone else.

we went to a sleep therapy class and the teacher was great - you can check out her stuff online and if your not in the area i think you can go online and buy her stuff...we have been to three of her classes search Kitty Raymond