How Much Sleep is Enough?
Every person is unique and so is our need for sleep. But in today’s busy world, how much sleep should you be getting each night?
Research suggests that most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Children and adolescents need even more sleep than adults. The following is a breakdown of the recommended number of hours of sleep people need by age (*including naps):
INFANTS(0 to 2 months): 10.5 to 18 hours*
(2-12 months): 14 to 15 hours*
TODDLERS/CHILDREN(12-18 months): 13 to 15 hours*
(18 months-3 years): 12 to 14 hours*
(3-5 years): 11 to 13 hours*
(5-12 years): 9 to 11 hours*
ADOLESCENTS8.5 to 9.5 hours
ADULTS7 to 9 hours
As we age, our bodies go through many changes. It may be necessary to have eyeglasses for reading; hearing may not be as sharp as it once was; and muscles can ache like never before. Many people also experience changes in sleep, though the need for sleep does not change with age. However, a good night’s rest may become more difficult as we grow older due to lifestyle changes, chronic medical conditions or untreated sleep disorders.
So, how do you measure how much sleep you truly need? If you have trouble staying alert during boring meetings, long drives, while reading a book or in other quiet situations when sleepiness is often "unmasked” you probably aren't getting enough quality sleep. Other signs of chronic sleep deprivation are irritability, difficulty concentrating or making decision, loss of short-term memory or becoming overly aggressive.
Most sleep problems are treatable. If you have trouble getting the zzzs you need, be sure to see your doctor or other health professional.
The SleepHealth Team