Many studies have been performed to pinpoint the amount of sleep we really need, but the National Sleep Foundation recommends that your age is a determinant as to how many hours you should sleep. They created a chart that shows the minimum and maximum amounts for a healthy sleep as well as those that are considered “recommended” in which experts agree.
Here’s what the chart says:
- Newborns that are from zero to three months should have 14 to 17 hours of sleep each day.
- Infants aged four to 11 months should enjoy 12 to 15 hours of sleep.
- Toddlers from one to two years of age should have at least 11 hours to 14 hours of sleep every day.
- For preschoolers, three to five years, recommended sleep range is from 10 to 13 hours.
- Children who go to school should have at least six hours of sleep up to 13 hours.
- As for teens aged 14 to 17, they should have at least eight hours of sleep to 10 hours if possible.
- Adults starting from 18 to 25 years old should have seven to nine hours of sleep. The same amount goes to adults who are 26 to 64 years old.
- For older people who are at least 65 years old, seven to eight hours of sleep will suffice.
The number of hours for sleeping above is a guideline you can use to know whether you are getting enough sleep daily.
What about a clearer view? Check the infographic below from SleepFoundation.org