So here’s the big question: How much sleep do you really need? The short answer is: it depends. Now don’t click that close button yet, allow us to explain.
The amount of sleep you need has a direct relation to which age group you belong. Naturally, the younger you are, the more sleep you need, and the older you get, the lesser sleep you need. National Sleep Foundation, a nonprofit organization, along with a panel of 18 medical scientists and researchers reviewed more than 300 sleep studies to arrive at these specific recommendations. Now these are by no means the perfect sleep times for everyone and should only be seen as a benchmark.
There’s something for everyone here:
- Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours every day.
- Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours every day.
- Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours every day.
- Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours every day.
- School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours every day.
- Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours every day.
- Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours every day.
- Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours every day.
- Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours every day.
Getting enough sleep isn’t always as easy as this list makes it look like. For adults, we’d be lucky if we get at least 7 hours of sleep every single night for a week. Sleep deprivation can have dangerous effects on your health. Quality sleep should be something we should prioritize and put emphasis in if we want to function well in our jobs, our homes, and even in our social circles.
Read about the full National Sleep Foundation sleep recommendation report here.
Are you getting enough sleep based on the list above? Let us know in the comments below!