How Long Should You Sleep?

A Panel of 18 medical scientists and researchers in conjunction with The National Sleep Foundation reviewed over 300 sleep studies to establish the correct amount of time a person should sleep and have split them into age groups. The new recommendations should encourage people try and sleep for an extra hour or maybe two.

The real answer is that although there is no perfect amount of sleep for any individual, the NSF has released a report updating sleep recommendations for different ages. The panel have updated the guidance for the best amount of sleep for each age group.

Nothing has changed for adults. The report did however add -younger adults and older adults as two new categories. The need for sleep differs markedly depending on age, the NSF commented and obviously the requirement for sleep varies considerably according to your general state of health and lifestyle.

These are the daily figures they came up with:

Older adults (65 years+) 7-8 hours

Adults (26 – 64): 7 – 9 hours

Younger adults (18 – 25 years) 7-9 hours

Teenagers (14 – 17 years) 8-10 hours

School age children (6 -13 years) 9-11

Pre-school children (3 – 5 years) 10-13 hours

Toddlers (1 – 2 years): 11-14 hours

Infants (4 – 11 months): 12-15 hours

Newborns (0 – 3 months): 14-17 hours

A Norwegian study involving 10,000 teenagers from 16 to 19 year old has remarkably established that the more time teenagers spend using electronic devises the more their sleep patterns are disturbed. Two hours staring at a screen after school lead to delayed and shorter periods of sleep.

A four hour stint gazing at a tablet per day lead to a 30% increase in the likelihood of sleeping less than 5 hours, and a 49% increase in those taking more than hour to get off to sleep. Typically this only takes around 30 minutes in teenagers and young adults.

Experts stated that the evidence is so extremely convincing that health organisations should update the guidelines on electronic device use in teenagers and young adults.

The experts said in a press release.

“The recommendations for healthy media use given to parents and adolescents need updating, and age specific guidelines regarding the quantity and timing of electronic media use should be developed,”

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