Some of us feel in the best shape when we get a solid 8 hours of sleep, while some only need 6. The duration of sleep has never been exactly narrowed down (we hear that we should sleep somewhere between 6-9 hours...) until now!!
The National Sleep Foundation (yes, that exists) called together a panel of experts to check that our information on sleep is accurate and up to date.
The panel of sleep experts from organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Psychiatric Association and the Society for Research in Human Development, all participated in the review. From the massive research that was done, the experts changed the existing sleep duration recommendations as shown below:
Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours
Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
School-Age Children (6-13): 9-11 hours
Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours
Young Adults (18-25): 7-9 hours
Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours
Older Adults (65+): 7-8 hours
It's not an exact science, but its a start. Scientists will continue to narrow down the optimal sleeping time for our health, but for now these recommendations are the closest we've come!
If you're getting enough sleep and feel pretty good, keep it up. But if you're meeting your age group's recommended range and waking up groggy, you might want to look into your sleeping conditions. If it's more than just not being a morning person, you should consider talking to a doctor.
If you are sleeping less than the recommended amount, try changing your bed time and morning alarm to give yourself more time to catch some Zzzs.
Sweet dreams everyone!