The amount of sleep a person needs can vary depending on factors such as age, activity level, and overall health. Generally speaking, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends the following amounts of sleep for different age groups:
- Infants (4-12 months): 12-16 hours per day
- Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours per day
- Preschoolers (3-5 years): 10-13 hours per day
- School-aged children (6-12 years): 9-12 hours per day
- Teenagers (13-18 years): 8-10 hours per day
- Adults (18+ years): 7 or more hours per day
It’s important to note that these are just general guidelines and that individual sleep needs can vary. Some people may function well on less than the recommended amount of sleep, while others may require more. Additionally, factors such as stress, illness, and changes in routine can impact how much sleep a person needs.
Getting enough sleep is important for overall health and well-being. Chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to a variety of health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and depression. If you’re having trouble getting enough sleep or feel consistently tired during the day, it’s important to talk to a healthcare professional for guidance and support.