How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

The National Sleep Foundation has made recommendations for sleep duration for various age groups based on a literature review by an expert panel. The following recommendations on sleep durations for healthy people without sleep disorders were published in Sleep Health:

  • Newborns: 14–17 hours a day (previous recommendation: 12–18 hours)

  • Infants: 12–15 hours (previously, 14–15)

  • Toddlers: 11–14 hours (previously, 12–14)

  • Preschoolers: 10–13 hours (previously, 11–13)

  • School-aged children: 9–11 hours (previously, 10–11)

  • Teenagers: 8–10 hours (previously, 8.5–9.5)

  • Young adults (up to age 25): 7–9 hours

  • Adults (26–64 years): 7–9 hours

  • Older adults (65+): 7–8 hours

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