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