Sleep is a wonderful thing. In fact, when it’s done right, you will wake up full of energy and ready to take on anything the day throws your way. The only problem is that the right amount of sleep can be elusive. Some days you feel groggy after not getting enough sleep, while other days you feel like your lag is stemming from sleeping in too long. Is sleep so temperamental that you have to find the perfect number and hit it every night in order to feel energized in the morning? And if so, what is that magic number?

We’ve all heard the generic statistic that we need to get between 6-8 hours each night, but getting the right amount of sleep for your body is much more personal than that information. Take a look at how you can figure out the right about of sleep for your body so that you can start waking up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

What are the Factors?

When it comes to how much sleep your body needs, there are two main factors that come into play: age and genetics. Fun fact -- genetics don’t just affect how much sleep you need, but also if you are a morning or night person. Even though the average amount of sleep isn’t personalized enough for you to figure out exactly how much sleep you really need, it is a good place to start your journey. Take a look at the sleep recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation based on age:

  • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours each day

  • 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

  • Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours

  • Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours

  • Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours


Listen to Your Body

The best way to find out the right amount of sleep your body needs is to listen to it. Pay attention to how your body functions when you get different amounts of sleep. Also, when you have time off on the weekends or while you’re on vacation, go to bed at the same time every night and don’t set an alarm clock. This way, you can see what time your body awakens naturally. Keep a log of your sleep to really start to sense your patterns. Also remember to take note of any caffeine you had during the day and if you woke up in the middle of the night. Interrupted sleep can leave you feeling unrested in the morning. After putting in the effort, you’re sure to find the right amount of sleep for your body by discovering your body’s needs.

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