Healthy Living Tip - How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need?

You probably know that not getting enough sleep can cause a host of physical, mental, and emotional issues. Studies have linked a lack of sleep to everything from depression to weight gain. However, how much sleep do you really need to get to stay healthy?

A recent National Sleep Foundation meta-study reviewed over 300 sleep-duration studies and came up with some new recommendations. While adults under 64 need anywhere from seven to nine hours a night, older adults over 65 only need seven to eight hours of sleep.

Here is a complete list of the new recommendations for sleep duration.

  • Newborns - (0 to 3 months): 14 to 17 hours
  • Infants - (4 to 11 months): 12 to 15 hours
  • Toddlers - (1 to 2 years): 11 to 14 hours
  • Preschoolers = (3 to 5 years): 10 to 13 hours
  • School-Age Children - (6 to 13 years): 9 to 11 hours
  • Teenagers - (14 to 17 years): 8 to 10 hours
  • Younger Adults - (18 to 25 years): 7 to 9 hours
  • Adults - (26 to 64 years): 7 to 9 hours
  • Older Adults - (65+ years): 7 to 8 hours

 

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Tip courtesy of AARP

1.) http://blog.aarp.org/2015/02/03/how-much-sleep-do-you-really-need/