The amount of sleep we need can differ from person to person. At least 7 hours of sleep is the best starting point for healthy adults. You should make sleep one of your top health priorities. Bear in mind that healthy sleep also requires good quality and regular sleep.
Some adults may need 9 hours per night. Young adults and those who have an illness may also need more sleep. A small percentage of adults are short sleepers who feel alert and refreshed after sleeping less than 6 hours per night!
As adults age, sleep requirements don't decrease. You still need a regular 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night throughout your lifetime.
Here’s a guide to the amount of sleep we need at different stages of our live from the National Sleep Foundation:
- New born babies - 14 to 17 hours sleep.
- Infants - 12 to 15 hours sleep.
- Toddlers - 11 to 14 hours sleep.
- Pre-schoolers - 10 to 13 hours sleep.
- School-aged children - 9 to 11 hours sleep.
- Teenagers - 8 to 10 hours sleep.
- Young adults and adults - 7 to 9 hours sleep.
- Adults - 7 to 9 hours sleep.
- Over 60s - 7 to 9 hours sleep.