How Much Sleep Do You Really Need to stay healthy?

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SLEEP. Teenagers need between 8 to 10 hours of sleep, while adults should get 7 to 9 hours

Sleep? Sure, you’re eating your vegetables and fruits and squeezing in exercise at least 20 minutes a day, but are you getting enough sleep, too? The latest sleep recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation may make you want to think twice about skimping on essential shut-eye. Sleep is key to your physical health and emotional vitality, but just how many hours of sleep you need depends on your age and stage of development.Your Sleep Needs Change Over the Years

How much sleep you need to stay healthy, alert, and active depends on your age and varies from person to person — most adults need at least seven or more hours of sleep each night.

The National Sleep Foundation and a panel of 18 experts combed through more than 300 studies to identify the ideal amount of time a person needs to sleep according to their age:

  • Newborns (0 to 3 months):                            14 to 17 hours of sleep
  • Infants (4 to 11 months):                                 12 to 15 hours of sleep
  • Toddlers (1 to 2 years):                                    11 to 14 hours of sleep
  • Preschoolers (3 to 5 years):                            10 to 13 hours of sleep
  • School-aged children (6 to 13 years):           9 to 11 hours of sleep
  • Teenagers (14 to 17 years):                             8 to 10 hours of sleep
  • Young adults (18 to 25 years):                       7 to 9 hours of sleep
  • Adults (26 to 64 years):                                   7 to 9 hours of sleep
  • Older adults (65 years or older):                   7 to 8 hours of sleep

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