How Much Sleep Do I Really Need?

How Much Sleep Do I Really Need?

It is the age-old question: how much sleep do I really need? DreamOn has some answers. While some people feel great after 5 hours and others cannot get out of bed without a full 8 hours of sleep, there are guidelines that are recommended based on our age. 


The National Sleep Foundation conducted a two-year study to find a minimum and maximum range of sleep for optimal health as well as “ideal windows” to aim for. 

Before finding the range that works best for you, as individual needs will vary, they recommend keeping these questions in mind and going back to them to see how you feel after you’ve sleep different hours each night:

  • Are you productive, healthy and happy on seven hours of sleep? Or does it take you nine hours of quality ZZZs to get you into high gear?
  • Do you have health issues such as being overweight? Are you at risk for any disease?
  • Are you experiencing sleep problems?
  • Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day?
  • Do you feel sleepy when driving?

  • Paying attention to our bodies' needs is important to staying healthy.  


    When it comes to taking care of our bodies, sleep is usually put on the back burner. It is the first thing many of us sacrifice when other areas of our lives become hectic. However, sleep may be the most important of all to keep healthy, physically and mentally. 

    Even if you feel okay after 5 hours of sleep, that does not mean you are reaching your optimal hours. When we get the proper amount of sleep, our bodies can perform at their peak. We improve our mental clarity, our muscles have the ability to repair themselves from exercise, stress levels decrease, and we are more likely to reach for healthy, nutritious foods. 

    According to the National Sleep Foundation, here are the recommended hours based on age:

    Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)

    Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)

    Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)

    Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)

    School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)

    Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)

    Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)

    Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours

    Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category) 

    (Source: Sleep Foundation) 


    Above all else, it is important to make sleep a priority. Instead of pushing off sleep, move around your to-do list to accomplish tasks first thing in the morning rather than burning the midnight oil. 

    Use this guide to help you or a family member get enough rest each night. 

    Stay tuned for upcoming posts where we share different ways to improve your sleep as well as tips for creating a nighttime routine to help you ease into a night of restful slumber.