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Sleep Better, Feel Better.

by Haley Thomas | Mar 23, 2017

How much sleep do we really need?

Sleep can affect our overall health and well-being. Did you know that we spend up to one-third of our lives asleep? Most of us are aware that getting a good night’s sleep is important, but many of us struggle to make it a priority to get those eight plus hours of sleep every night.

The amount of sleep that you need depends on your age group, but keep in mind that how much sleep you need is up to your own body.

 So, how much sleep is recommended?

  • For newborns (0-3 months), 14 – 17 hours of sleep is recommended.
  • It is recommended infants get between 12 and 15 hours of sleep.
  • For toddlers, 11 to 14 hours of sleep is recommended.
    • It should be noted that newborns, infants and toddlers get the recommended amount of sleep necessary over a period of 24 hours, including naps.
  • For preschoolers, sleep experts recommend 10 to 13 hours (including naps).
  • For kids 6 to 13 years old, 9 to 11 hours of sleep is recommended.
  • Teenagers between 14 and 17 years of age need 8 to 10 hours of sleep.
  • Young adults up to the age of 25 are recommended to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep and same goes for adults.
  • Seniors over 65 should get between 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.

To begin a new path towards healthier sleep habits and an overall healthier lifestyle, make sleep a priority. Pay close attention to your energy, mood, and health after a poor night’s sleep versus a good one.

To begin improving your sleep today, follow these simple and effective healthy sleep tips:

George Wolfe, Van Wert County Hospital Sleep Center Coordinator, stated that “If your sleep is fragmented or your bed partner complains of disruptive snoring, speak to your Primary Care Physician about doing a nighttime oxygen study. They will set you up with a wrist-watch type device that you wear in your home for a single night to determine if your snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.”

For more information, visit and Sleep.Org