It seems like a question that's as old as time itself: "How much sleep do I really need?" The non-profit National Sleep Foundation and a panel of 18 prominent medical scientists and researchers reviewed over 300 sleep studies to try and finally answer it.
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The short answer is, of course, "it depends". There's no perfect sleep number that can fit every person, but The National Sleep Foundation's major report — recently published in their own Sleep Health Journal — has revealed an updated list of sleep duration recommendations for all age groups. Here are the recommendations:
- Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours each day.
- Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours each day.
- Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours each day.
- Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours each day.
- School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours each day.
- Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours each day.
- Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours each day.
- Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours each day.
- Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours each day.
For the largest age range, the adults, the recommended sleep duration has remained unchanged, which makes sense considering that seven hours of sleep may be the sweet spot for many in that range. The report did, however, add two new categories — younger adults and older adults — and the report also recommends a little more sleep across the board to younger individuals. Getting a good night's rest isn't always as easy as it feels like it should be, but it can be very important for your health, so make sure you're getting the sleep you need. You can learn more about the report by checking out the link below.
National Sleep Foundation's sleep time duration recommendations: methodology and results [Sleep Health Journal via Science Daily]