How Much Sleep Do You Need Based On Your Age?

We spend a large chunk of our lives sleeping. Some sources estimate roughly 24 years, while others say almost one-third of our time on Earth is spent passed out on a mattress, couch, or wherever we can lay our heads. For as much time as we spend "catching Zs," have you ever wondered what it actually does for our bodies? And, more importantly, whether or not you are getting enough sleep? While scientists are still unsure as to why we need sleep (yeah, really), there's no arguing that it's essential for functioning on a daily basis. Luckily, the National Institute of Sleep published this handy guide that tells you how many hours of sleep you need each night based on your age:

0-3 months old (Newborns) – Between 14 and 17 hours each night
4-11 months old (Infants) – 12 to 15 hours
1-2 years old (Toddlers) – 11 to 14 hours
3-5 years old (Preschools) – 10 to 13 hours
6-12 years old (Adolescents) – 9 to 11 hours
13-17 years old (Teens) – 8 to 10 hours
18-25 years old (Young Adults) – 7 to 9 hours
26-64 years old (Adults) – 7 to 9 hours
65 + (Seniors) – 7 to 8 hours

As you can see, the required amount of hours varies greatly in the first few years of life. In fact, the average infant should be sleeping twice as many hours as the average adult. This video from YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE teaches us that seven to eight hours is the ideal number for the average adult. Any less (or more) could have potentially damaging side effects. You've probably experienced that awful feeling of waking up after only a few hours of sleep, but did you know that sleeping too much can be just as dangerous? This weekend, skip sleeping in till noon and make sure you hit that sweet spot of seven to eight hours. Your body and mind will thank you!


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