The Best Time to Go to Bed According to Your Age

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.02 - 2024 9:01 PM CET

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Experts recommend adults should sleep between seven to nine hours.

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The National Sleep Foundation of Mexico has released an analysis on sleep needs according to different ages.

The study highlights the importance of balancing between too little and too much sleep for a healthy life.

For instance, the analysis details that people who fall asleep after midnight are 12% more at risk of cardiovascular diseases compared to those who sleep at 10 PM.

Therefore, experts recommend that adults should go to bed between 10 PM and 11 PM, and sleep between seven to nine hours, although they acknowledge maintaining such a schedule daily can be challenging due to individual needs and lifestyles.

Recommended Sleep Hours by Age

The foundation also determined age ranges and recommended sleep hours for a healthy life:

  • 0 to 3 months: Recommended sleep hours are 14 to 17 hours, not less than 9 hours or more than 19 hours.

  • 4 to 11 months: Recommended sleep hours are 12 to 15 hours, not less than 10 hours or more than 18 hours.

  • 1 to 2 years: Recommended sleep hours are 11 to 14 hours, not less than 9 hours or more than 16 hours.

  • 3 to 5 years: Recommended sleep hours are 10 to 13 hours, not less than 8 hours or more than 14 hours.

  • 6 to 13 years: Recommended sleep hours are 9 to 11 hours, not less than 7 hours or more than 12 hours.

  • 14 to 17 years: Recommended sleep hours are 8 to 10 hours, not less than 7 hours or more than 11 hours.

  • 18 to 25 years: Recommended sleep hours are 7 to 9 hours, not less than 6 hours or more than 11 hours.

  • 26 to 64 years: Recommended sleep hours are 7 to 9 hours, not less than 6 hours or more than 10 hours.

  • 65 years and older: Recommended sleep hours are 7 to 8 hours, not less than 5 hours or more than 9 hours.

It's worth mentioning that these recommendations are a consensus among various health specialists, including psychologists, pediatricians, and psychiatrists.

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