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Here's How Much Sleep You Need

By    |   Monday, 02 February 2015 04:32 PM

How much sleep you need depends on your age. That’s the upshot of new recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation and a multi-disciplinary expert panel.
The guidelines, published in Sleep Health: The Official Journal of the National Sleep Foundation., recommend wider appropriate sleep ranges for most age groups than in the past. Among the recommendations:
  • Older adults (65+): Healthy sleep range is 7-8 hours each day (new age category).
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours.
  • Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours (new age category).
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5).
  • School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours (previously 10-11).
  • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours (previously 11-13).
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours (previously 12-14).
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours (previously 14-15).
  • Newborns (0-3 months): Healthy sleep range is 14-17 hours (previously 12-18).
"This is the first time that any professional organization has developed age-specific recommended sleep durations based on a rigorous, systematic review of the world scientific literature relating sleep duration to health, performance and safety," said Charles A. Czeisler, M.D., chairman of the board of the National Sleep Foundation, chief of sleep and circadian disorders at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and a professor of sleep medicine at the Harvard Medical School.

"The National Sleep Foundation is providing these scientifically grounded guidelines on the amount of sleep we need each night to improve the sleep health of the millions of individuals and parents who rely on us for this information."

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