When it comes to sleep, it can be tough to know if you’re doing it right. It’s strange but true. How can something that seems as simple as lying down on your bed and shutting your eyes actually be so much more complicated than that? For starters, it’s hard to know if the sleep you’re getting is actually good quality sleep, and with more and more studies confirming that the light emitted from smartphones and tablets can gravely affect your sleep pattern, it seems that people aren’t getting the kind of sleep they need to function, not to mention the correct amount.
What always seemed like something so simple has now become something you really must think about in order to ensure it’s beneficial. And beneficial it is – it has been proven getting the right amount of good quality sleep every night can prevent things like depression, can help you live longer, help you manage your weight and even help lower stress levels.
So, how many hours of sleep do you actually need every night? Really, it’s something that varies from person to person. It’s a frequently asked question that there’s no precise answer for, sort of like asking “How long is a piece of string?”. Luckily, the National Sleep Foundation has just released a guideline for how much sleep is necessary every night, depending on a person’s specific age group. The recommendations were agreed upon by a panel of multi-disciplinary medical experts and marks the first time that an organization had released guidelines like this. The guidelines are as follows:
• Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
• Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
• Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
• Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
• School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
• Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
• Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
• Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
• Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)
While there’s no proven exact amount of sleep that everyone should be getting every night, if you follow these guidelines, you should be okay.
Now that you have a general idea of how much sleep you should be getting every night, why not read about increasing your sleep quality with these 5 natural tips for getting better sleep?
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