The amount of time spent sleeping is crucial for leading a healthy life. There are many studies showing that a good night sleep can do wonders, from lowering the risks of developing heart diseases to helping us keep a normal weight. But exactly how much sleep should we get based on our age?
The National Sleep Foundation has recently released a new sleep guidelines that show us exactly how much sleep we need, whether we’re babies, teenagers or adults.
The new sleep guidelines were released after more than two years of research done by scientists from various fields of expertise.
The new sleep guidelines show that newborn babies who are between the ages of 0 to 3 months should sleep between 14 to 17 hours a day.
Infants of ages between 4 to 11 months should have a sleep range of 12 to 15 hours per day.
The new study reveals that toddlers between the ages of 1-2 years need to sleep at least 11-14 hours.
Preschool babies, aged 3-5, need to sleep 10 to 13 hours every day.
Children who are suitable for school, aged 6-13, need to sleep 9 to 11 hours daily.
According to the new sleep guidelines released by the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers between the ages of 14 to 17 need to sleep for 8 to 10 hours, while younger adults, age 18-25 have to get a good night sleep of 7 to 9 hours.
Adults who are between the ages of 26-64 need to sleep 7 to 9 hours and adults who are over the age of 65 need to sleep 7 to 8 hours.
The National Sleep Foundation is hoping that the new sleep guidelines will be acknowledged and followed by the public, because it can contribute to the overall health.
Charles Czeisler, a NSF representative, pointed out the importance of respecting these sleep guidelines for the sake of the public health, generally speaking.
He adds that it is the NSF has come up with the new guidelines following rigorous research and individuals, especially parents, need to take this into consideration when educating their children about the importance of sleep.
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