How Much Sleep Do You Really Need

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

If you are an early bird or a night owl, you can not function properly unless you are getting the right amount of sleep. Lack of sleep causes mistakes and accidents on and off the job. Did you know that driving sleepy can be just as dangerous as driving intoxicated? Lack of sleep impairs brain function and makes decision making difficult.

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In order to be your most productive you need to get proper sleep. You also need to make sure your child gets enough sleep. We are so busy packing their days full of activities, sports, and playdates that we don’t always schedule in enough sleep time for our children. Children are not little adults, they require nearly twice as much sleep as adults. If you want your child to succeed in school then more attention needs to be paid to bedtime then to practice time.

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National Sleep Foundation recently released its new recommendations for the amount of sleep we should each aim to get.
Of course, there will be exceptions and differences based on your individual needs, but the non-profit foundation’s experts recommend the following:
  • School-age children (6-13): Since the last recommendations were released, the optimal sleep range widened by one hour — to 9-11 hours.
  • Teenagers (14-17): Similarly, the sleep range for this age group widened by one hour — to 8-10 hours.
  • Younger adults (18-25): For this new age category, the ideal sleep range is 7-9 hours.
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours.
  • Older adults (65+): Optimal sleep range for this new age category is 7-8 hours.


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18 thoughts on “How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

  1. Teens these days don’t seem to get enough sleep — One study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights. Not surprising, with all digital overload!

    1. All these electronics are causing everyone to sleep less. So many go to sleep with their phone and have to check every notification. I am guilty of sleeping with my phone near me but I do turn off the notifications at night. Our gadgets have become our new addiction.

  2. Evelyn. I liked this article. Helpful information, although I must admit, for my age range, I sleep more. I think I always have. Great write 🙂

  3. I’m finding sticking to a sleep routine is far more important at my age now than it used to be. Even if I go to bed late, and sleep later than normal I still fell sluggish and tired even after 8 hours. Going to bed on time or early and only getting 7 hrs of sleep for me is by far better!
    Good read. Thanks for this!

  4. Very easy to understand. This is such important information. Sleep is extremely important to your overall health. Sweet dream!

  5. This is very helpful information. Unfortunately, with my work schedule and whatnot, sometimes I don’t even get my required hours of sleep. Sometimes, I don’t even get REM sleep and I’ll wake up feeling like I haven’t slept at all even though I’d probably been in bed for about 7-9 hours. Anyways, this was a great read! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Sometimes I feel more tired when I wake up then I did when I go to sleep if I haven’t had the right amount of REM sleep

  6. I’m sure that I could use more sleep. It’s so important, but difficult when you have so much to do!

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