Reviewed by Robert J. Lapidus, MD

The amount of sleep you need is different depending on your age and health.

 

How Much Sleep is Enough?

The amount of sleep you need is different depending on your age and health. Research shows that sleep needs are also different for each individual. If you are not sure how much sleep is best for you, use the recommendations below as a place to start. Then determine the amount of sleep that helps you to be happy and productive and make that your daily goal.

Use the “Tips for Maintaining Good Sleep Habits” to improve your sleep routine. If you continue having trouble sleeping, look at the list of sleep disorder symptoms and talk with your doctor. 

 

Daily Sleep Recommendations

A child’s sleeping habits and number of hours needed for sleep each night can vary depending on where the child is at in the stages of development. Some general pediatric sleep guidelines for amount of sleep needed for children by age range include the following:

  • 0 to 3 months of age need 14 to 17 hours

  • 4 to 12 months of age need 12 to 16 hours

  • 1 to 2 years of age need 11 to 14 hours

  • 3 to 5 years of age need 10 to 13 hours

  • 6 to 12 years of age need 9 to 12 hours

  • 13 to 18 years of age need 8 to 10 hours

 

Recommended Sleep for Adults

  • 18 to 25 years of age need 7 to 9 hours

  • 26-64 years of age need 7 to 9 hours

  • 65 years and up need 7-8 hours

 

Source: American Academy of Sleep Medicine

 

 

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