How much sleep are we REALLY supposed to get?

 

For years, the same thing has been drilled into our heads: we need at least 8 hours of sleep to function well during the day.

And if we didn’t get those 8 hours of sleep, bad health consequences would occur!

It’s inevitable that our work schedules simply wouldn’t allow us to get those precious 8 hours in… let alone 6 or 7.

Don’t even get me started on my sleeping habits in college.

I’m not saying that not getting enough sleep is excusable. Definitely not! Lacking sleep is pretty awful for your health–and overall productivity.

But it turns out that the whole “you need 8 hours of sleep!” thing wasn’t a strict guideline after all! Thanks to some revised standards, we have some more realistic hours to strive towards that will still leave you feeling refreshed.

Who knows? You might have enough energy to pull THIS off:

The National Sleep Foundation (yep, that’s a thing) reviewed hundreds upon hundreds of sleep studies and concluded that the sleeping guidelines needed a bit of a change. After consulting some experts on sleep as well, they came up with this:

 

Newborn (0 to 3 months): 14 to 17 hours

Suggested amount in the past: 12 to 18 hours

 

 

Infant (4 to 11 months): 12 to 15 hours

Suggested amount in the past: 14 to 15 hours

 

 

Toddler (1 to 2 years): 11 to 14 hours

Suggested amount in the past: 12 to 14 hours

 

Preschooler (3 to 5 years): 10 to 13 hours

Suggested amount in the past: 11 to 13 hours

 

School-aged kids (6 to 13 years): 9 to 11 hours

Suggested amount in the past: 10 to 11 hours

 

Teenagers (14 to 17 years): 8 to 10 hours

Suggested amount in the past: 8.5 to 9.5 hours

 

Young adults (18 to 25 years): 7 to 9 hours

Suggested amount in the past: N/A (this is a new age group)

 

Adult (26 to 64 years): 7 to 9 hours

Suggested amount in the past: N/A (hasn’t changed)

 

Older adults (65 years and older): 7 to 8 hours

Suggested amount in the past: N/A (this is a new age group)

 

 

Do you actually try to abide by these sleep guidelines? Any tips for getting in as much sleep as you can? Let us know in the comments! (Don’t worry, we won’t judge.)

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