Sleep Guidelines by Age: How Many Hours Do You Really Need?


By: Jon Corrigan

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) released a study recommendations for the amount of sleep needed to promote optimal health in children and teenagers.

Sleep recommendations for children age four months to 18-years-old (per 24 hours):

• Infants four to 12 months should sleep 12 to 16 hours (including naps)
• Children one to two years of age should sleep 11 to 14 hours (including naps)
• Children three to five years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours (including naps)
• Children six to 12 years of age should sleep nine to 12 hours
• Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep eight to 10 hours

As for adults over age 18, between seven and eight hours of sleep per night, according to WebMD. However, many people can function with six hours of sleep, and there are some who need nine hours or more.

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