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How much sleep we need from infancy to old age

Mothers of newborn would tell you that the healthy baby sleeps for at least 14 hours daily, waking up at intervals to feed and then go back to sleep.

According to the America-based National Sleep Foundation, a healthy newborn ages zero to three months need 14–17 hours of sleep.

On the other hand, an infant ages 4–12 months sleeps for 12–16 hours per 24 hours (including naps).

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For toddlers ages 1–2 years, the ideal sleep pattern is 11–14 hours per 24 hours (including naps).

A child of preschool age of 3–5 years needs 10–13 hours per 24 hours (including naps).

Kids of school age between 6–12 years need 9–12 hours per 24 hours.

By the time your kids become teenagers of between 13–18 years, they should be observing 8–10 hours of sleep per 24 hours.

Adults ages 18–60 years need seven or more hours per night.

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From age 61–64 years, the ideal sleep pattern should be between 7–9 hours.

Those who are 65 years and older need 7–8 hours of undisturbed sleep.

Experts at the Centres for Disease control and Prevention note that although the amount of sleep you get each day is important, other aspects of your sleep also contribute to your health and well-being.

Signs of poor sleep quality

Good sleep quality is also essential. Signs of poor sleep quality include not feeling rested even after getting enough sleep, repeatedly waking up during the night, and experiencing symptoms of sleep disorders (such as snoring or gasping for air).

Improving sleep quality may be helped by better sleep habits or being diagnosed and treated for any sleep disorder you may have.

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