How Much Sleep Is Really Required?


How Much Sleep Do You Need?

How much sleep you require depends on various factors – especially your age. Consider these basic guidelines for different age groups:

  • No less than 9 to 10 hours per night along with at least 3 or 4 hours of naptime
  • Not less than 9 to 10 hours each night and 2-3 hours of naps
  • 9 to 11 hours daily
  • 7-8 uninterrupted hours each night

In addition to age, other factors can impact how much sleep you may need. For instance:


Changes in a female’s system in the course of early pregnancy can easily enhance the need for rest.


Seniors need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults. As you grow older, however, your sleeping habits might change. Older adults often sleep more lightly and for shorter time spans than do younger adults. This might create a desire for spending additional time in bed to get adequate sleep, or a tendency toward daytime napping.

Earlier reduced sleep:

If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you require increases.

Sleep quality:

If you are experiencing sleeping disorder symptoms, frequently disrupted sleep or you just aren’t getting enough quality sleep you already know how important quality sleep is. The quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity.

While many people claim to feel well rested on only a few hours rest per night, research shows that individuals who sleep minimally through many nights do not perform as well on complex mental tasks as do those who get closer to seven hours of sleep every night. Research studies among adults also show that getting less or even more than seven hours of sleep each night is associated with an increased mortality rate.

If you experience frequent daytime sleepiness, despite increasing the amount of quality sleep you get, confer with your doctor. He or she may well be able to identify any underlying causes – and help you get a better night’s sleep.