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How much sleep should I be having?

Age is one of the most relevant factors when examining how long a person should sleep for. In 2015 the National Sleep Foundation published revised recommendations for the length of time you should sleep according to your age.


The National Sleep Foundation convened experts from sleep, anatomy and physiology, as well as paediatrics, neurology, gerontology and gynaecology to reach a consensus from the broadest range of scientific disciplines.


A summary of the recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation:

  • Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range 14-17 hours each day

  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range 12-15 hours

  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range 11-14 hours

  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range 10-13 hours

  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range 9-11 hours

  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range 8-10 hours

  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours

  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range remains 7-9 hours

  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours

There is mounting evidence of the detrimental health consequences of consistently having lest than 6 hours a night sleep. Equally if you are constantly getting more than 10 hours every night and this is relatively new for you this may be the sign of an underlying health problem.

How much sleep should you be having?

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