In The News: National Sleep Foundation's New Sleep Guidelines Indicate How Long You Should Sleep.

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We all know that getting a good amount of sleep each night is good for us, but the National Sleep Foundation(NSF) has looked at all the available research and used it to figure out how long people of different ages should be sleeping.

Experts focused on sleep’s impact on a range of health outcomes, including memory, mood, performance, and also health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

See below for the National Sleep Foundation's comprehensive recommendations:
  • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours each day (previously 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours (previously 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours (previously 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours (previously 11-13)
  • School-age children (6-13): 9-11 hours (previously 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours (previously 8.5-9.5)
  • Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours (new age category)


The authors say teens tend to be at the highest risk of sleep deprivation, but also not that the Center For Disease Control (CDC) has said 50 to 70 million people are regularly sleep deprived.

The NSF panel also added two new categories, younger adults, ages 18-25 and older adults, over the age of 65.” Those between 18 and 64 should get between seven and nine hours. Those over 65, who naturally tend to sleep less, should aim for seven to eight hours of sleep.

Source: CBS

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