Are you getting enough — or too much sleep? National Sleep Federation has the answers

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A girl this age should be getting 9 to 11 hours of sleep a night. (Thinkstock)

A girl this age should be getting 9 to 11 hours of sleep a night. (Thinkstock)

(PIX11) — The National Sleep Foundation rounded up experts to give us a better idea of how much sleep we should be getting based on our age group.

A panel of six sleep experts and 12 other medical experts including members from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychiatric Association got together to sift through 312 peer-reviewed articles regarding sleep duration in human subjects.

This panel used existing models of ideal sleep duration and applied research done between 2004 and 2014. Here’s what they uncovered:

  • 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

It’s important to note this is not an exact science. Rather, it’s an estimation that, as research continues, is slowly getting closer to an ideal amount of sleep for each person.

Max Hirshkowitz, Ph.D., chair of the National Sleep Foundation Scientific Advisory Council, told Huffington Post an easy way to find your perfect amount of sleep.

He suggests trying the median hours of sleep required for your age group, then noting how you feel when you wake up, energy throughout the day, and sleepiness when it’s time to wind down.

Then, based on your observations, you can adjust for more or less sleep.

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