Lately I have been playing an interesting game with myself: I go to sleep earlier and earlier, trying to find how long I have to lie in bed until I actually feel well-rested.
I haven’t found the answer yet, but I’ve definitely noticed a change in my mood and wakefulness since I started hitting the hay earlier each night.
When I finally checked how many hours sleep experts recommend for a good night’s rest, I understood why.
It turns out almost no one is getting enough shut-eye.
The amount of sleep you need – like the amount of food and water your body needs – is different from one person to the next.
Your age, height, sex, and medical history will shape your sleep pattern.
But as a rule, experts say people are consistently getting less sleep than they need.
- 1-12 months old: 14-15 hours
- 1-3 years old: 12-14 hours
- 3-6 years old: 10-12 hours
- 7-12 years old: 10-11 hours
- 12-18 years old: 8-9 hours
- 18-65 years old: 7-9 hours
- 65 years old and up: 7-8 hours
Even if you’re not getting the recommended amount of sleep for your age bracket, it’s possible your sleep schedule is healthy.
The key is to identify if you’re noticing any of the health symptoms of sleep deprivation, which are more common than you think.