How Much Sleep Do I Need?

How much sleep you need changes as you age. Below are the recommended hours of sleep from The National Sleep Foundation and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

GroupAgeRecommended Hours of Sleep Per Day
Newborn0–3 months14–17 hours
Infant4–12 months12–16 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
Toddler1–2 years11–14 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
Preschool3–5 years10–13 hours per 24 hours (including naps)
School Age6–12 years9–12 hours per 24 hours
Teen13–18 years8–10 hours per 24 hours
Adult18–60 years7 or more hours per night
61–64 years7–9 hours
65 years and older7–8 hours

Although the amount of sleep you get each day is important, other aspects of your sleep also contribute to your health and well-being. Good sleep quality is also essential.

Signs of poor sleep quality include:

  • Not feeling rested even after getting enough sleep
  • Repeatedly waking up during the night
  • Experiencing symptoms of sleep disorders (such as snoring or gasping for air)

Improving sleep quality may be helped by better sleep habits or being diagnosed and treated for any sleep disorder you may have.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention