How Much Sleep do I Need?

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People changing is a fact of life.  Over time you’ll see even your own sleep patterns changing as your body develops.  But if you look at the differences in sleep between each age group it can really be astounding.  Here’s a quick breakdown of a new study from the National Sleep Foundation by EurekALert.

  • Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18).
  • Infants (4-11 months): Range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15).
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14).
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13).
  • School age children (6-13): Range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11).
  • Teenagers (14-17): Range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5).
  • Younger adults (18-25): Range is 7-9 hours (new age category).
  • Adults (26-64): Range did not change and remains 7-9 hours.
  • Older adults (65+): Range is 7-8 hours (new age category).

As you can see, newborns can need a whopping 17 hours a day, sadly, for most parents their baby’s sleep patterns can be somewhat erratic.  You can also see how, within six years, the average amount of sleep needed goes down 5.5 hours.

For adults, the average is still around eight hours.  But, according to the CDC, a 35% of Americans aren’t even getting seven hours each night.  It’s important to be aware of how much sleep you need and actually get it.  With the new year, it might not be a bad idea to make getting within that 7-9 hour range your new year’s resolution.

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