The Newest Research On Recommended Hours Of Sleep For All Life Stages

Through all the life stages, our body needs a different amount of sleep during the night. We all know how it feels when haven’t had enough rest and the next day can feel tired and fuzzy. Sleepless nights have a significant effect on your body and mind. It can be hard to focus at work, we may get irritated easily and workouts can feel heavy. We have compiled the latest research from the National Sleep Foundation on the recommended hours of sleep. According to the report, wider sleep ranges for most age groups are recommended. Below you can see the results of the sleeping hours needed.

The Recommended Hours Of Sleep:

  • Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range is 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range is 12-15 hr (previously 14-15hr)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range is 11-14 hr (previously 12-14hr)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range is 10-13 hr (previously 11-13hr)
  • Schoolage children (6-13): Sleep range is 9-11hr (previously 10-11hr)
  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range is 8-10hr (previously 8.5-9.5hr)
  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)


As the research shows, during the life stages of children, the recommended hours of sleep is wider than the life stage of an adult. Even grown-ups don’t need sleep as much as children do. The minimum amount of sleep with adult life stages is still 7 hours. It’s beneficial to know the recommended hours of sleep and maintain a healthy body and mind! If you are having one of those fuzzy days after a sleepless night, here you can see how to get connected with your body by following a Slow Yoga Practice!

In our next post, we are going to share with you more information as to why resting is so essential for your body and overall wellbeing.



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