How much sleep do I need?
Sleep is a critical component of overall health and well-being. The amount of sleep a person needs can vary depending on factors such as age, lifestyle, and individual differences, but there are general guidelines that can help provide a framework.
Infants and young children require the most sleep, with new-borns needing up to 17 hours a day and young children needing 11-14 hours. As people age, the amount of sleep they need decreases.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following sleep ranges for different age groups:
- School-aged children (6-13 years): 9-11 hours
- Teenagers (14-17 years): 8-10 hours
- Adults (18-64 years): 7-9 hours
- Older adults (65+ years): 7-8 hours
It’s important to note that these are just guidelines and some people may need more or less sleep to feel fully rested and rejuvenated. Some people may feel refreshed with just 6 hours of sleep while others may need 10 hours or more. The key is to listen to your body and determine how much sleep you personally need to feel alert and energised during the day.
The amount of sleep a person needs can vary depending on a number of factors. Infants and young children require the most sleep, while the amount decreases as people age. It’s important to listen to your body and determine how much sleep you personally need to feel fully rested and rejuvenated.