Sleep Recommendations

How Much Sleep Should You Be Getting? New Recommendations on Sleep Duration

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD

The National Sleep Foundation has made recommendations for sleep duration for various age groups based on a literature review by an expert panel. The following recommendations on sleep durations for healthy people without sleep disorders were published in Sleep Health:

Age New Recommendations Previous Recommendations
Newborns 14-17 Hours 12-18 Hours
Infants 12-15 Hours 14-15 Hours
Toddlers 11-14 Hours 12-14 Hours
Preschoolers 10-13 Hours 11-13 Hours
School-Aged Children 9-11 Hours 10-11 Hours
Teenagers 8-10 Hours 8.5-9.5 Hours
Young Adults (Up To Age 25) 7-9 Hours
Adults (Ages 26-64) 7-9 Hours
Older Adults (Ages 65+) 7-8 Hours

The document also includes a wider range of sleep duration that “may be appropriate” (versus “recommended”) for some individuals in each age group (e.g., 11–19 hours in newborns).

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