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How much sleep do you need? That depends on your age. A newborn baby sleeps around the clock, getting about 16 to 20 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period.
As children grow and develop, the amount of sleep they need continues to decline. Toddlers need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep, which includes one daytime nap.
By the time children become teens, their nightly sleep need is a little more than nine hours. Adults typically need between seven and eight hours of sleep per night.
But these are general ranges. The exact amount of sleep that you need is determined by your genetic code. As a result, some people need more – or less – sleep than others their age.
How do you know if you’re getting enough sleep? You should be able to wake up and get out of bed without an alarm. Then you should feel alert, refreshed and energetic for most of the day.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, there will be many warning signs. You will struggle to get out of bed in the morning. Tired children may be hyperactive and cranky during the day. Teens and adults who need more sleep may be sluggish, forgetful and moody.
To be your best during the day, make sure that you get the amount of sleep that you need every night.