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What is the recommended amount of sleep per night?

Humans, like all animals, need sleep, along with food, water and oxygen, to survive. For humans, sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and well-being. The amount of sleep you need each day will change over the course of your life. Although sleep needs vary from person to person, the general recommendations for an adult is 7 to 9 hours per night.

This table reflects recent American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommendations

Age Recommended Amount of Sleep
Infants aged 4-12 months 12-16 hours a day (including naps)
Children aged 1-2 years 11-14 hours a day (including naps)
Children aged 3-5 years 10-13 hours a day (including naps)
Children aged 6-12 years 9-12 hours a day
Teens aged 13-18 years 8-10 hours a day
Adults aged 18 years or older 7–8 hours a day

 

Source: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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