Pretty much nothing makes your day go better than a good long stretch of sleep the night before. But are you getting enough sleep? Probably not.
The National Sleep Foundation (I bet they have some wild parties!) has just released its new advice about how much sleep we need each night depending on our age. And for most age groups, they’ve decided that there’s a bigger range of acceptable sleep hours than they thought before. So, for a preschooler like my 3-year-old son, they’ve adjusted the recommendation from 11-13 hours a night to 10-13 hours. In other words, when my kid seems wide awake at bedtime with no sleep on the horizon, maybe he really could stay up for an extra hour. Bad news for Mom and Dad who just want to veg out on the couch and watch The Bachelor.
If you’re an adult between 25 and 64 years old, you still need 7-9 hours of zzz-time every night. I know a lot of people who are at the low end of that, if they even get a full 7 hours. I’m sure in that category, but I have to get up at 3:30 in the morning.
Here are the recommendations by age, and if you want to read the full report, head over to Sleep Health: The Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. (BTW If you’re having trouble sleeping, just try reading an issue of Sleep Health. That should do it.)
Newborn baby (0-3 months): 14-17 hours (previously: 12-18 hours)
Infant (4-11 months): 12-15 hours (previously: 14-15 hours)
Toddler (1-2 years): 11-14 hours (previously: 12-14 hours)
Preschooler (3-5 years): 10-13 hours (previously: 11-13 hours)
School-age child (6-13 years): 9-11 hours (previously: 10-11 hours)
Teen (14-17 years): 8-10 hours (previously: 8½-9½ hours)
Young adult (18-25 years): 7-9 hours (new category)
Adult (26-64 years): 7-9 hours (no change)
Older adult (65+ years): 7-8 hours (new category)