Finally we have some answers!
The National Sleep Foundation conducted a study on different age groups to try and figure out how much sleep people really need to be getting every night.
And it turns out the answer is different for all of us!
So, a panel of six sleep experts was set up, along with reviews from 12 medical experts from organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Psychiatric Association and the Society for Research in Human Development.
The study used healthy people from other studies documented in 312 articles 2004 to 2014. Here’s what all of those findings revealed:
Newborns (0-3 months ): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)
Charles A. Czeisler, Ph.D., M.D., professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School and chairman of the board of the NSF, gave a statement about the study, saying:
“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.”
Since these times can still vary from person to person, the NSF encourages people to pay attention to how they feel in the morning, and as they’re getting ready for bed. If they’re tired, then it may be time to go to sleep earlier.
Do you think you’re getting enough sleep???