How Much Sleep Do You Need?
It is widely acknowledged that humans need sleep. Sleep is an indicator of our health, without sleep we would cease to exist. Despite this, many people still aren’t sure how much sleep they need. One-third of our lives are spent asleep, and yet too many people suffer from ‘sleep debt’. With the rigours of modern life, there are many external interferences which complicate the matter of sleep. Coffee and energy drinks, screen light from various gadgets, alarm clocks – all of these items and more tamper with our natural sleep cycle.
The required amount of sleep varies across age and is also impacted by our individual lifestyle and health choices. In order to calculate how much sleep you need, you must examine lifestyle factors which impact the quality and quantity of your sleep, such as work schedules and stress.
The Sleep Health Foundation carried out a study in an attempt to scientifically conclude sleep duration recommendations. The research paper was chaired by an 18-member multidisciplinary expert panel.
The panel agreed that for healthy individuals with normal sleep, newborns require between 14 and 17 hours, infants between 12 and 15 hours, toddlers 11 and 14, 10 to 13 for pre-schoolers, and 9 to 11 hours for children.
For teenagers, it was found that 8 to 10 hours is necessary, 7 to 9 for young adults and adults, and 7 to 8 hours of sleep for older adults.
Sufficient sleep duration requirements vary across the lifespan of each individual. Sleep Health’s journal is representative of healthy individuals and those not suffering from a sleep disorder. Though research cannot pinpoint the exact amount of sleep an individual needs, the journal published by Sleep Health can be viewed as a “recommended guidance”.