HAPSter Robert Rawding recently participated on an expert panel with the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) to come up with a new set of sleep recommendations.
The new recommendations separate adults into three categories, which hasn’t been done before. And for those of us who are smack in the middle of a new teaching term, this serves as a good reminder that sleep probably shouldn’t be the thing to go during a busy week.
The new recommendations of sleep hours per day are as follows:
- Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours (previously, 12-18 hours)
- Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours (previously, 14-15 hours)
- Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours (previously, 12-14 hours)
- Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours (previously, 11-13 hours)
- School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
- Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
- Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours (new age category)
- Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours (remains the same)
- Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours (new age category)