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HOW MUCH SLEEP YOU NEED FOR YOUR AGE

One of the most important ways to maintain good health is to get the required amount of sleep every night. Insomnia is becoming increasingly common in adults, and many people - aged young and old - may not be receiving the necessary hours of sleep they need in order to function properly. We often hear of 7 hours of sleep a night being the norm, but the truth is that our sleep requirements change with age, and what works for some may not work for all.

National Sleep Foundation Recommendations

Let’s take a look at how many hours of sleep is recommended, and how many hours may be appropriate for different age groups, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

 

Age

Recommended Hours

May be Appropriate

New-borns: 0-3 months

14 to 17 hours

11 to 19 hours

Infants: 4-11 months

12 to 15 hours

10 to 18 hours

Toddlers: 1-2 years

11 to 14 hours

9 to 16 hours

Pre-schoolers: 3-5 years

10 to 13 hours

8 to 14 hours

School age children: 6-13 years

9 to 11 hours

7 to 12 hours

Teenagers: 14-17 years

8 to 10 hours

7 to 11 hours

Young adults: 18-25 years

7 to 9 hours

6 to 11 hours

Adults: 26-64 years

7 to 9 hours

6 to 10 hours

Older adults: 65+ years

7 to 8 hours

5 to 9 hours

Do you think you are getting enough sleep each night?

The flexibility with the hours means that you can still accommodate the right amount of sleep, even if you have changing commitments. Assess your lifestyle and how your body adjusts with the hours of sleep you need, in order to get on track for a healthy sleeping pattern for your age.