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Most adults sleep seven to eight hours per night, although the timing, duration, and internal structure of sleep vary among healthy individuals. One should wake up from sleep feeling refreshed and full of energy. 


There are some people who only seem to feel refreshed after six hours of sleep, where others need nine hours. If you find yourself suddenly sleeping more than you usually do, then you’re probably compensating for a decreased quality of sleep. The number of hours everyone needs varies widely, so you’ll have to decide how many hours are optimal for your health and happiness.

Below is a chart of average sleep requirements:

AGE How Many Hours of Sleep Needed
Newborns (0-2 months) 12 to 18 hours
Infants (3 months-1 year) 14 to 15 hours
Toddlers (1-3 years) 12 to 14 hours
Preschoolers (3-5 years) 11 to 13 hours
School-aged children (5-12 years) 10 to 11 hours
Preteens and teens (12-18 years) 8.5 to 10 hours
Adults (18+) 7.5 to 9 hours
Seniors 7.5-9 hours

As we age, we still need as much sleep as we required throughout our lives. However, as seniors, we often don’t sleep enough because we have chronic pain and conditions that keep us from getting good rest. We may also be sad or depressed, which can reduce the time and quality of our sleep. Quality sleep is vital for your overall health. Maintaining a healthier and better lifestyle filled with good eating exercise often improves sleep, and can help you fall asleep more quickly and sleep more deeply. In essence? To sleep well, you have to live well… and to live well, you have to sleep well! You have to work to keep the balance!

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