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How much sleep do you really need?

Posted at 11:39 PM, Feb 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-03 23:39:17-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  - Are you gaining weight, have a lower sex drive, or can't focus at work? The problem may be that you are not getting enough sleep. If you are wondering how much is the right amount, the National Sleep Foundation just released some new recommendations.

The NSF panel revised the recommended sleep ranges for all six children and teen age groups. A summary of the new recommendations includes:

  • 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)

Click here http://sleepfoundation.org/  to learn more about their recommendations and suggestions about how to get a better night's sleep.