Does Your Age Dictate How Much Sleep You Need?

In intelliBED Life, Sleep Disorders, Uncategorized


July 3, 2012
Sleep is one of the most important things we do in life. With that being said there is more to sleep than most of us know. Sleep should be something we schedule out and take seriously. This is because sleep affects our entire lives from when we wake up in the morning throughout our days and till the minute we go to sleep again. We have sleep cycles and sleep schedules that are important and unique to each of our lives. As we grow up the amount of sleep we need. Children need more sleep per day in order to develop and function properly while the older we get the less sleep we need.
While most new parents might argue that they don’t get much sleep newborns actually need up to 18 hours of sleep per day. A newborn baby spends almost 9 hours a day in REM sleep according to the National Sleep Foundation. Lucky the amount of sleep we need declines as we grow and get older. If we had to sleep 18 hours a day we would not get much done.
By the age of five or so, only slightly over two hours is spent in REM. Studies say that school age children need about 10 to 11 hours of sleep per day to continue to grow and mature into their teen age years. Adolescents or children from 10–17 begin to get into a more normal sleeping habit and this is the age when we no longer have time for napping. We actually get better sleep at this stage of life because we are still growing.
After the age of 18 most of us only need 7–9 hours per night. As adults age the amount of sleep needed actually goes down. Many people claim that in old age they go to sleep later and wake earlier than they did as young adults. Only when females become pregnant are the recommendations from sleep increased to more than 8 hours.
Sleeping is one thing that continues to stay the same however the more we learn about sleep the more we understand how important is to our health. This is why you should get the recommended amount of sleep each night. How many hours per night do you sleep? How do you schedule time to make sure you get enough sleep each night. Share with us below and join the conversation on Facebook, tweet #intelliBED on Twitter or any other intelliBED social network. Thank you for helping intelliBED perfect the science of sleep.


Sleep Needed

Newborns (0–2 months) 12 to 18 hours
Infants (3–11 months) 14 to 15 hours
Toddlers (1–3 years) 12 to 14 hours
Preschoolers (3–5 years) 11 to 13 hours
School-age children (5–10 years) 10 to 11 hours
Adolescents (10–17 years) 8.5 to 9.25 hours
Adults, including elderly 7 to 9 hours
Pregnant women 8(+) hours


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