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How Much Sleep Do You Need?

Sleep needs vary across ages and are especially impacted by lifestyle and health.

This time of year presents interesting challenges when it comes to sleep. The longer days and fun activities make everyoneNDSU extension Snooze News publication: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/casscountyextension/pdfs/snooze-news-1 want to sleep a little less. However, it is just as important now as it is in the winter to get a quality night sleep. The below numbers are a suggestion and things such as lifestyle, work schedule and stress all have an impact on your quality and quantity of sleep.

Age

Sleep Needs

Newborns (0 to 2 months)

12 to 18 hours

Infants (2 to 11 months)

14 to 15 hours

Toddlers (1 to 3 years)

12 to 14 hours

Preschoolers (3 to 5 years)

11 to 13 hours

School age Children (5-10 years)

10 to 11 hours

Teens (10 to 17 years)

8.5 to 9.25 hours

Adults

7 to 9 hours

Nevertheless, paying attention to your needs by assessing how you feel on different amounts of sleep is important. Are you productive, healthy and happy on seven hours of sleep? Or do you need nine hours of quality ZZZs to get into high gear? Do you have health issues such as being overweight? Are you at risk for any disease? Are you experiencing sleep problems? Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day? Do you feel sleepy when driving? These are questions you must ask before you can find the number that works for you.

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