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How Much Sleep Do Kids And Adults Really Need?

The number of hours you sleep each night is critical for your health and mental well-being.

If you’re asking yourself “how much sleep do I need?” or “how much sleep do kids need?” there is no one-size-fits-all formula. That all depends on how old you are, how active you are, your lifestyle, what’s in your DNA, and lots of other things.

The National Sleep Foundation, however, gives us a great guide to help us know if we’re getting enough shut-eye. They put together a chart below based on accumulated data from a study done by 18 scientists over 2 years.

Basically, it’s this: If you’re younger, you probably need more sleep. If you’re older, you likely need less. You can see the original article and chart here.

How Many Hours of Sleep Do You Need?

Infographic: How much sleep do you need?

“The panelists included six sleep specialists and representatives from leading organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of Anatomists, American College of Chest Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Geriatrics Society, American Neurological Association, American Physiological Society, American Psychiatric Association, American Thoracic Society, Gerontological Society of America, Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, and Society for Research in Human Development. The panelists participated in a rigorous scientific process that included reviewing over 300 current scientific publications and voting on how much sleep is appropriate throughout the lifespan,” reads the study.

After looking at this, are you getting enough sleep? Are you getting too much sleep?