Science Explains How Much Sleep You Need Depending on Your Age
How Much Sleep Do You Really Need For Your Age?
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It is one of those facts that have gone pretty much unquestioned for decades: Get 8 hours of sleep every night.
It's a convenient starting point for adults, but not so much for older adults, children, and teens.
Now, the National Sleep Foundation has updated its guidelines on how many hours of sleep people need, adding age brackets and widening the acceptable ranges of sleep every night for most existing age groups. (The NSF also added a category of sleep times that isn't recommended, but may be appropriate for some people.
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