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How much sleep do you really need? (and how you can get it)

The past months probably affected the sleep of quite a few people. Here’s a good overview of how to get better sleep from the National Sleep Foundation.

Two excerpts

  • Recommended Sleep Ranges
    • 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 hoursOlder adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category) 

Additional Resources

  • Healthy Sleep (MedlinePlus, sponsored by National Institutes of Medince (NIH)
    A good overview plus links in the following groupings: Start here, Treatments/Therapies, Related issues, Games, Videos, Statistics, Research, Clinical trials, Journal articles, Find an expert, Teenagers, Women, Older Adults, Patient Handouts
  • Your Guide to Healthy Sleep (NIH)
    Illustrate 62 page large print PDF with numerous images. Contents include “What is sleep”, “What makes you sleep”, “What does sleep do for you”, “Common sleep disorders, “What disrupts sleep”, “Is snoring a problem”
  • Improving Your Sleep: A Self Guided Approach For Veterans With Insomnia (US Department of Veterans Affairs)
    Includes sections on “Using a Sleep Diary”, “Steps to Improve Your Sleep”, “Worksheets and Charts” “Resources and References”

May 28, 2020 - Posted by | Consumer Health

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