I know a few of you, including myself, probably don’t get enough sleep at times … or even much of the time.  As much as we may try, with our work schedules, family and children, and other activities and responsibilities, getting enough quality sleep seems to be a perpetually perplexing problem.

Research studies point out that many American aren’t getting “enough sleep”.  The National Sleep Foundation has published new guidelines, serving to clarify the meaning of “enough sleep”.

The results of insufficient, quality sleep has serious physiological ramifications.

Too little sleep can lead to weight gain, cardiovascular disorders, depression, problems with concentration and cognitive function, and significantly impact productivity.

In fact, sleep is fundamentally essential to life, and when researchers did an experiment and injected anti-sleep medications in rats to keep them awake, they actually died after a few days.

To summarize the National Sleep Foundations recommendation for nightly sleep requirements:

  • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours (previously 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours (previously 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours (previously 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours (previously 11-13)
  • School-age children (6-13): 9-11 hours (previously 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours (previously 8.5-9.5)
  • Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours (previously the same)
  • Older adults (65 and older): 7-8 hours (new age category)

So based upon these latest findings, are YOU getting enough sleep each night?  With myself being in the “Adult” group, I can confidently share that I am averaging 8 hours per night.

For full details, visit the NSF’s research article at the following link:

>>> http://sleepfoundation.org/media-center/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-recommends-new-sleep-times