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Some of us feel completely rested after eight hours of sleep. Others need nine or more hours of beauty rest. 

It can seem like the amount of rest just depends on the person and their lifestyle, but new evidence suggests that how much sleep we really need is a little more concrete than that. Also, covering up your poor sleeping habits with coffee or energy drinks might make you miss warning signs about your lack of sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation's site featured a panel of experts that looked at the amount of sleep people of all ages should really be getting each night. 

"Sleep duration was basically one of the most visited pages on the NSF website, and it wasn't really clear how those recommendations for the ranges had been arrived at," said Max Hirshkowitz, Ph.D., chair of the National Sleep Foundation Scientific Advisory Council. 

The panel of six sleep experts and 12 other medical experts from organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Psychiatric Association and the Society for Research in Human Development conducted a formal literature review. They focused on research of sleep duration in healthy human subjects that had been published in journals between 2004 and 2014. After reviewing 312 articles, the experts were able to determine how much sleep people need, from infants to adults. Here are the results:

  • 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 
  • Young Adults (18-25): 7-9 hours 
  • Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours 
  • Older Adults (65+): 7-8 hours

If you wake up in the morning feeling well and rested, continue the pattern. But if you wake up groggy and feeling sluggish throughout the day, look at the amount you're sleeping as well as the environment you’re sleeping in.

How much sleep do you get per night? Are you getting the recommended amount for your age group? 

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