Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
Sleep experts have updated their guidelines on how much you need
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recently released new age-specific recommendations for how much shut-eye people of all ages should get each day. The latest guidelines, which took two years of research and the input of 18 experts, are based on more than 300 sleep studies. Some highlights:
- New age groups: The NSF created three separate categories for grown-ups — young adults (18 to 25), adults (26 to 64) and older adults (65 and beyond).
- A wider range of recommended sleep amounts for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age kids and teens.
- A narrower range for newborns.
- Within each category, sleep amounts outside of the ideal range that may be appropriate for people who seem to need more shut-eye than others or who can sleep less and still be healthy, happy and functional.
To find out if you’re spending enough time in Dreamland, check out the chart below. (You can also download it here.)
If you’re not getting enough sleep, it’s worth finding ways to get to bed earlier or start your day later (good luck with that). Seriously, too little sleep has been linked to all sorts of health problems, from obesity to a loss of focus and physical control that’s similar to being drunk — and just as risky if you get behind the wheel of a car.
(Photo: /National Sleep Foundation)
This info graphic originally appeared on National Sleep Foundation.