How Much Sleep Do You Need?

How much sleep do you need? Lauren Hale from the National Sleep Foundation reviews the importance of sleep and how much you need at every age

Lauren Hale from the National Sleep Foundation talks about the importance of sleep and how much we each really need every night. 

Sleep is important for surivival and health; if you do not prioritize your sleep, you may just be harming your body and mind. After a comprehensive review of its world famous recommendations, the National Sleep Foundation released its latest set of expert guidelines on sleep for different age groups. 

When going over these guidelines, keep in mind that you are unique and how much sleep you need depends on your own body. These should only serve as a guide to make sure you get a similar amount of sleep as those in your age group should.

For newborns, Hale recommends they sleep from 14 to 17 hours. It is recommended that infants get 12 to 15 hours of sleep. For toddlers, they recommend between 11 and 14 hours. Note that newborns, infants, and toddlers get the sleep they need over a 24 hour period, including naps. 

Preschoolers need about 10 to 13 hours. School-aged kids at the ages of 6 to 13 years old should get about 9 to 11 hours of sleep.  Teenagers between the ages 14 and 17 need more sleep than they think! The National Sleep Foundation recommends 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night for kids in their early teens.

For both young adults (ages 18-25) and adults (26-65) should get about 7-9 hours of sleep at night. Finally, for seniors, ages over 65 years old, should get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Remember, there is no substitute for good, restorative sleep! Make your sleep a priority and feel energized and healthy throughout the day!


This video is part of an ongoing series HealthiNation has created in partnership with the experts at the National Sleep Foundation,

Lauren Hale, PhD

This video features Lauren Hale, PhD. Dr. Hale is the editor in chief of the National Sleep Foundation's professional journal, Sleep Health, and an associate professor of preventive medicine in the program in public health at Stony Brook University.

Duration: 2:12. Last Updated On: Jan. 28, 2019, 5:29 a.m.
Reviewed by: Mera Goodman, MD, Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: Jan. 28, 2019
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