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How Long Should We Sleep for?

How Long Should We Sleep for According to Our Age?

Most of us will be familiar that we should be sleeping up to 8 hours a night. However, what most of us don’t know that the actual amount of slumber we need can differ depending on our stage in life. So, in this blog we will be answering how long we should sleep according to our age.  


Newborn and father asleep In bed

Despite most new parent’s dread, new-borns from 0-3 months require the most amount of sleep. Though there is no guaranteeing this will be through the night (unless you hit the jackpot) there recommended amount of sleep for a new-born is 14 – 17 hours.


From 4 – 11 months infants’ brains are developing rapidly, and though at this age we need slightly less kip, we should still aim for around 12-15 hours.


Between the ages of 1 – 2 years, our sleep routine should start to establish. Day time naps will be essential to ensure they receive the recommended 11-14 hours of sleep.


Between the ages of 3-5 years children will benefit from getting between 10-13 hours.


Little girl with duck teddy asleep in bed

Once children, between the ages of 6-13 years, reach school age the amount of slumber becomes slightly more aligned with the golden 8 hours. Children should aim for 9-11 hours.


Teen asleep in day next to phone.

Ever wondered why teens are always tired, particularly on a morning? Between the ages of 14 – 17 years our bodies and brains are growing and developing all the time, which sounds tiring! To sustain this rapid growth teens should get between 8- 10 hours.

 Young Adults

Between the ages of 18 – 25 years, possibly the busiest times in our social and work lives. Young adults should aim for between 7-9 hours a night.


Adult asleep at desk

Between the ages of 25 – 64 most of us have busy work lives and what can seem like endless responsibilities. Adults of this age group need to aim for between 7 – 9 hours of sleep.

Older Adults

Older gentlemen asleep in bed for 'how long should you sleep for' blog

Once we hit the golden years 65+, typically this is when we need the least amount of sleep. Try to aim for 7-8 hours.

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