New Guidelines Should Inspire Better Sleep Habits

Posted 03/11/2015 | By HealthCorps

Poor sleep habits are associated with increased risk of several chronic diseases. It’s also associated with an increased risk of becoming overweight or obese. Skimping on sleep can impact your immunity, leading to more sick days. The National Sleep Foundation recently released new sleep guidelines for each age group:

  • 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)

To learn more about sleep and your health, check out http://www.sleepfoundation.org

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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