How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

Sleep needs vary by person.  My family knows when I haven’t had enough sleep, my mood is affected (think crabby) and it is noticeable to everyone.  Dealing with busy schedules, a love of caffeinated drinks and getting the proper amount of sleep can be difficult.  Knowing what is recommended for an infant or a teenager can help you determine if your family is getting a proper amount of sleep.

Here are some overall recommendations that should help us figure out about how much sleep each of us need.

Newborns   (0-3 months) –                          14 to 17 hours

Infants   (4 -11 months)-                              12 to 15 hours

Preschoolers  (3-5 years)-                            10 to 13 hours

School Aged Children   (6-13 years)-        9 to 11 hours

Teenagers ( 14-17 years)-                             8 to 10 hours

Young Adults  (18-25 years)-                       7 to 9 hours

Adults  (26-64 years)-                                     7 to 9 hours

Older Adults   (65+ years)-                           7 to 8 hours

The National Sleep Foundation conducted a scientific study to update the sleep recommendation guidelines looking at sleep study data from 2004 to 2014.  These recommendations are for healthy individuals.

Key Points

  • 1Individuals who deviate far from the recommended ranges may be exhibiting signs of health problems.
  • 2These guidelines are appropriate for health and well-being.
  • 3Actual sleep time is typically less than time in bed.

Sufficient sleep duration requirements vary across the lifespan and from person to person.

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