We are told to get 8 hours of sleep. It's what we need, it's most healthy, it's best. Is it? Nope. Not for everyone. The amount of sleep you need is based on your age. Look for your age and plan for a good snooze tonight:

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the amount of sleep one needs is determined by their age.

  • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours (range widened from 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours (range widened from 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours (range widened from 11-13)
  • School-Age Children (6-13): 9-11 hours (range widened from 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours (range widened from 8.5-9.5)
  • Young Adults (18-25): 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours (no change)
  • Older Adults (65+): 7-8 hours (new age category)

Are you getting the amount of sleep suggested?


For a more detailed explanation of how these numbers came about and who determined the numbers, click HERE.