How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need?

How much sleep do I need?

A giant chunk of our time is spent on an important activity that tends to get overlooked- sleep.

Sleep is a crucial component to overall wellness. A person needs quality sleep, but how much? According to a giant study cited by the Sleep Foundation, it depends on a few factors.

Age plays a big role. The guidelines were updated recently, and here are the official recommendations based on age:

  • Newborns (0-3 months ): 14-17 hours per day
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
  • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
  • School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours
  • Adults (18-64):  7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours

For most of you reading, that means 7-9 hours per night is ideal. If you wake up at 6, being asleep by 10 will give you a solid 8 hours. Determine when you will wake up and count backwards to see when you need to be asleep each night. *Note: remember you aren’t asleep the moment you go to bed. Allow some time for falling asleep!*

Of course, listening to your body is always a good idea. If you find yourself sleepy throughout the day or needing caffeine to stay awake most days, try getting more sleep or talking to your doctor if you feel you’re getting enough.

Remember, you can only go so long without enough sleep. It WILL catch up with you. In order to live the healthiest, most productive life (in order to THRIVE), getting enough sleep needs to be a priority.

Do you get enough sleep?

 


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