Get Your ZZZs

Get Your ZZZs

A guide to how much sleep you need by age

Much has been made about the importance of sufficient sleep. Too little shuteye has been linked to heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure. Lack of sleep can also lead to memory problems, falls and drowsy driving. Yet according to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adults (and 69 percent of children) report having sleep problems a few nights a week.

So how much sleep do you really need? Follow these guidelines:

Newborns (0 to 2 months) need 12 to 18 hours

Infants (3 to 11 months) need 14 to 15 hours

Toddlers (1 to 3 years) need 12 to 14 hours

Preschool children (3 to 5 years) need 11 to 13 hours

School-aged children (5 to 10 years) need 10 to 11 hours

Teens need 8.5 to 9.5 hours

Adults, including seniors, need 7 to 9 hours

BHM Edit Staff