The National Sleep Foundation, a panel of sleep experts has declared new sleep guidelines for almost all the age groups.
The guidelines mentioned that newborns (0-3 months) should sleep 14-17 hours each day, infants (4-11 months) should sleep 12-15 hours, toddlers (1-2 years) should sleep 11-14 hours, preschoolers (3-5) should sleep 10-13 hours, and school age children (6-13) should sleep 9-11 hours every day, while teenagers (14-17) should sleep 8-10 hours, younger adults (18-25) should sleep 7-9 hours, adults (26-64) should sleep 7-9 hours, whereas older adults (65+) should sleep 7-8 hours each day.
Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, chairman of the board of the National Sleep Foundation, said, "This was the first time that any professional organization has developed age-specific recommended sleep durations based on a rigorous, systematic review of the world scientific literature relating sleep duration to health, performance and safety."
David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation said, "The National Sleep Foundation's 'Sleep Duration Recommendations' would help individuals make sleep schedules that are within a healthy range."
The report appears in Sleep Health, an official journal of National Sleep Foundation.