While there is no “magic number,” individuals need a specific amount of sleep to maintain good health. Too little sleep can affect your life negatively in a variety of ways, including increasing your risk of weight gain, heart problems, depression and memory loss.
Depending on your age, you may need more or less sleep – infants need the most amount of sleep while adults need the least. Other factors also influence how much sleep you need, such as pregnancy, aging, prior sleep loss, and quality of sleep.
The sleep guidelines for each age group are as follows:
- Infants - 14 to 15 hours of sleep
- Toddlers - 12 to 14 hours of sleep
- Preschoolers - 11 to 13 hours of sleep
- School-aged Children - 10 to 11 hours of sleep
- Teenagers - 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep
- Adults - 7 to 9 hours of sleep
For more information about the importance of sleep, call The Los Angeles Sleep Study Institute at 1-855-690-0563.