How much sleep do you really need?

How much sleep do you really need?

Getting the right amount of sleep can improve your mood, make you more productive at work and benefit your overall health. In fact, sleep is a great indicator of overall health and well-being.

We all end up spending about one third of our lives asleep, but the right amount of sleep for you depends on several factors, including genetics, heredity, activity level and, most importantly, age. While there's no one-size-fits-all sleep solution for everyone, here are some general guidelines for how much sleep a person should get.

Children and teenagers
Children tend to sleep a lot more than adults do. For example, newborns sleep anywhere from 14 to 17 hours a day. As they grow into school-aged children, those numbers drop to nine to 11 hours of sleep a day. Finally, as teenagers, people sleep about eight to 10 hours a day. Adolescents tend to experience a lot of deep, slow-wave sleep, which is the most restorative type of sleep. As they enter their 20s, however, there's a steep decline in deep, slow-wave sleep.

Most adults ages 26-64 need around seven to nine hours of sleep each night. With age often comes less satisfying and less restorative sleep, a change which has to do with the natural aging process. However, adults who get seven to nine hours of sleep each night and maintain a healthy lifestyle can expect to feel energized during the day. 

Adults over the age of 65 need between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. With age comes more time to sleep, but not necessarily the ability to do so. Health problems can prevent seniors from getting the sleep they desire. Seniors also often go to sleep earlier, wake up earlier and wake up more often in the middle of the night, throwing off their circadian rhythms and causing them to nap during the day.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, or want to know the specific amount of sleep you should be getting, consult a primary care provider with Goshen Physicians.

Posted: 12/09/2016 by Goshen Health
Filed under: healthy adults, healthy kids, healthy lifestyle

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