If you ask, most people will tell you that you need at least 8 hours of sleep a night. But
researchers have been busting that myth for years. So how many hours is it?
According to the National Institute of Sleep, here’s how much sleep you need every night, depending on your age:
Newborns (0-3 months): Anywhere between 14 and 17 hours each night.
Infants (4-11 months): 12 to 15 hours.
Toddlers (1-2 years): 11 to 14 hours.
Preschool (3-5 years): 10 to 13 hours each night.
Adolescent (6-12 years): About 9 to 11 hours every night.
Teen (13-17 years): 8 to 10 hours—but it’s important for teens not to skimp on sleep during the week and binge on weekends.
Young Adults (18-25 years): 7 to 9 hours each night should be enough.
Adults (26-64 years): Still 7 to 9 hours.
Seniors (65+): Older adults only need about 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
Signs you may not be getting enough (good) sleep each night:
You’re feeling sluggish or fatigued in the morning.
You have headaches when you wake up.
You’ve been gaining weight lately.
You feel noticeably less productive at work.
You’re too tired to exercise.
You constantly need caffeine to make it through the day.
Tips for a better night’s sleep:
Stick to a strict schedule (even on weekends!)
Exercise every day, preferably in the morning.
Stop consuming caffeine after 3 p.m.
Take a hot shower before bed.
Turn off all electronic devices (phone, laptop, TV) at least 1 hour before bed.