How Many Hours of Sleep Do You Need?

Getting the right amount of rest is essential at every age.

Sleep is critical to enhance development in babies and children. When you get enough sleep, your mood is boosted and your brain and body gear up to perform well physically and mentally the next day.

Skimping on sleep increases your risk for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and obesity. Follow these daily guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation to make sure you and your family members are sleeping for optimal health.

  • Newborn babies: 14 to 17 hours
  • Infants: 12 to 15 hours
  • Toddlers: 11 to 14 hours
  • Preschoolers: 10 to 13 hours
  • Kids ages 6 to 13: 9 to 11 hours
  • Teenagers: 8 to 10 hours
  • Adults ages 18 to 64: 7 to 9 hours
  • Adults 65 and older: 7 to 8 hours
 Do you or someone in your family struggle to fall or stay asleep? The Sleep Disorders Centers at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital can can help diagnose the problem and create a customized treatment plan.

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