It will come as no surprise to you that people need different amounts of sleep at different ages in their lives. Sleep health is essential for people of all ages, but during some seasons of your life, you need more sleep than others. Below is some information on how much sleep you should be getting during stages of life according to the National Sleep Foundation. Of course, it varies from person to person and this is just a general guideline.
- Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours
- Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
- Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
- Preschoolers (2-5 years): 10-13 hours
- School Age Children (6-13 years): 9-11 hours
- Teenagers (14-17 years): 8-10 hours
- Adults (18-64 years): 7-9 hours
- Older Adults (65 and up): 7-8 hours
Why do we need different amounts of sleep at different ages? This has largely to do with our development. While we are sleeping, we regain energy, store memories in our brains, our body has a chance to regenerate, and it helps with brain development. Imagine how quickly an infant grows. Everything they see is new. They need all that sleep so their bodies can grow and their brains can rest.
An interesting fact about sleeping and how it changes as we grow is the amount of time we spend in the REM cycle. Babies spend about half of their time sleeping in the REM cycle while adults spend only 25% of their time asleep in the REM cycle. For seniors, that amount is even less.
Scientists are still learning more about the importance of sleep and how it plays a role in our development. For more information on getting a good night's sleep, contact us at the Mattress Store at Kensington.