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How Much Sleep Do I NEED? - Swanwick Sleep

How Much Sleep Do I NEED?

by | Feb 18, 2019 | Blog, Sleep Hacks

The most common answer to this question is 8 hours, right? It’s the easiest answer for sure, but the truth is, it’s not that simple.

Unfortunately, this number doesn’t apply to everyone. It all depends on various factors such as your general health, how active you are during the day, your age, and even your genes.

A few studies have answered the ultimate question: How much sleep do I need? Read on to learn what the magic number is. And be sure to stay with me to the end to gain insight into some healthy sleep habits that can significantly improve your overall well-being.

Let’s embrace your individuality when it comes to sleep, my friend!

How many hours of sleep do you need?

How many hours of sleep do you need? - Swanwick Sleep

When life gets busy, sleep is often the first to fall behind in our schedules. Regrettably, good sleep is just as essential as maintaining a balanced diet and managing a regular exercise routine.

A world-class study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, reveals the results that took more than two years to complete, on how much sleep we need based on each age group.

A summary of the new sleep recommendations per day includes:

  • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
  • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours
  • School-age children (6-13): 9-11 hours
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours
  • Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours
  • Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours

Although I’ve discovered that research cannot source an exact amount of sleep needed for each age group, a new chart features a minimum and maximum range for optimal health. It includes recommended brackets and identifies the criterion that experts agree upon.

These results can assist you in determining how many hours you need between the sheets to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But keep in mind, it’s crucial to pay attention to your own individual needs and circumstances as well.

For example, I did my own little experiment by evaluating how I felt on different amounts of sleep while on holiday. On average I discovered I need around 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to function at my best throughout the day. If I get less than this, my brain slows down in the afternoon, which not only significantly affects my productivity and ability to focus, but also my mood and, in the long term, my immune system.

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Here are 10 productivity hacks that can help you.

I know what you’re thinking: How can you get a solid night’s rest to avoid sluggishness during the day? I’m here to tell you there are ways. All you have to do is try, and be amazed by the results. You literally don’t have anything to lose. Okay, you might lose your insanity and sleep like a log.

Healthy sleep habits for optimal sleep

Healthy sleep habits for optimal sleep - Swanwick Sleep

That’s it, folks! Now you know the answer to your pressing question: How much sleep do I need? I encourage you to do your own analysis, based on the above research results and your circumstances and finally get YOUR own magic number. Feel free to share your results with me, I’d love to read all about your sleep experiments!

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About the Author

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Celeste Polley | WORDSMITH | MOMENT CAPTURER

Celeste is Swanwick’s priceless content writer from South Africa. She’s a musician, nature enthusiast, and even an achieved photographer with her own side hustle that keeps picking up steam! (Check her out here www.celestepolley.com.) She makes it her responsibility to encourage others to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and she focuses on the importance of good sleep habits. As a busy entrepreneur, she knows how beneficial it is to spend quality time with your pillow.

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