How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?
Do you think you need to get 8 hours of sleep to feel rested? That's not the case. The amount of sleep you need varies with age. Check out this sleep chart to find what's best for you!
New research from the National Sleep Foundation shows that the amount of sleep you need to feel rested depends on your age.
- Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours (range narrowed from 12-18)
- Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours (range widened from 14-15)
- Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours (range widened from 12-14)
- Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours (range widened from 11-13)
- School-Age Children (6-13): 9-11 hours (range widened from 10-11)
- Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours (range widened from 8.5-9.5)
- Young Adults (18-25): 7-9 hours (new age category)
- Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours (no change)
- Older Adults (65+): 7-8 hours (new age category)
If you're currently getting enough sleep and feel pretty good, keep it up. But if you're meeting your age group's recommended range and waking up groggy and feeling slugging throughout the day, it could be a warning sign of various sleep conditions or a less-than-ideal sleep environment, which you might want to address with a healthcare professional.