Healthy Sleep: How much sleep does one need?

by Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND January 03, 2009

Here is a basic guideline for the average hours of sleep needed over 24 hours per age group.

Infant (0-12 months): 14-18 hours

Toddler (13-36 months): 13 hours (including nap)

Preschooler (37-60 months): 12 hours (including nap)

School-age (6-12 years): 10-11 hours

Adolescent (13-19 years): 9.25 hours

Adult (20 years+): 8.25 hours

Remember, that sleep is the only time of the day that your body has to fully restore itself. At any age, getting enough sleep boosts your immune system. Sleep also helps your nervous system to work properly.

Also, remember that quality of sleep is just as important as quantity. If your sleep is frequently interrupted or cut short, you're not getting quality sleep.

Please refer to the 2 previously posted blogs on Sleep Hygiene ( Insomnia Part 1 & Insomnia Part 2) to ensure you have a well-rested night sleep.

Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND
Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND


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