How much sleep do we really need?

Sleep—it often feels like an unattainable goal in that we never get as much as we would like. While you may feel like it is just part of getting older and having more responsibilities, sleep needs do vary from person to person and change throughout your life.

For example, newborns need the most sleep—up to 18 hours a day. Preschool children need 11 – 13 hours of sleep per night and school-aged children (up to age 12) need about 11 hours. A gradual decline continues as we get older, with adolescents needing about 9 hours of sleep and most adults needing 7 – 9 hours of sleep each night.

Other than feeling more refreshed in the morning, the amount of sleep you get each night can impact your overall health. Lack of sleep can lead to overeating and weight gain, while some sleep disorders can lead to more serious health concerns such as higher blood pressure and risk of stroke.

How much do you really know about sleep? Take this quiz and find out.

Source: willowcreekdds.com Blog