Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, Chairman of the board of the National Sleep Foundation, Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School has laid out the ideal sleeping plan for all ages!"This is the first time that any professional organization has developed age-specific recommended sleep durations based on a rigorous, systematic review of the world scientific literature relating sleep duration to health, performance and safety," he says.
"The National Sleep Foundation is providing these scientifically grounded guidelines on the amount of sleep we need each night to improve the sleep health of the millions of individuals and parents who rely on us for this information", he added.
Here's the best sleep pattern for you according to the experts!
1. Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
2. Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
3. Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
4. Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
5. School children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
6. Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
7. Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours.
8.Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours.
9. Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours.