How much sleep do I need?

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It’s commonly known that sleep deprivation is the root of many heath concerns, but the question that lingers all the time is, “how much is enough?”

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It’s commonly known that sleep deprivation is the root of many heath concerns, but the question that lingers all the time is, “how much is enough?”

Let’s start with a few facts. Life happens, and so the odds are against you getting the required amount of sleep every night. Almost everyone within a tax bracket (all over the planet) walks around with ‘sleep debt,’ and thankfully, we have caffeine to keep us together all day.

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It depends…

How much sleep you need depends on a few factors, some of which are your age and lifestyle.

Newborns

From a journal published by the National Sleep Foundation, newborns (0-3 months) are required to sleep for between 14 and 17 hours. While they sleep, their developing bodies grow rapidly which explains why they look so different every time you see them.

Infants (4-11 months old)

The organization recommends 12 to 15 hours.

Toddlers (1-2 years old)

 Should be sleeping for between 11 and 14 hours of their day.

Pre Schoolers (3-5 years old)

 Also need to put in a lot of hours – 10 to 13.

Pre Teens (6-13 years old)

Need to put in between 9 and 11 hours.

Teenagers (13-19 years old)

8 to 10 hours are ideal.

Young adults (20-25 years old)

Between 7 to 9 hours.

Older adults (25 years old and up)

Typically good with 7 to 8 hours of sleep.

These hours are easier to achieve in theory than in reality. Except for the first five age groups, sleep evades most of us for various reasons. The requirements can vary by one or two hours, but it is recommended that people within those age brackets get as much shut eye as stipulated. For adults, who seem to have the biggest problem falling sleep, anything less than 6 hours per night is highly discouraged.

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