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Recommended Sleep Duration Time Chart - Babies to Seniors

  • Synopsis: Published: 2015-02-02 - Recommended daily sleep time chart for infants, preschoolers, school children, teenagers, adults and seniors. For further information pertaining to this article contact: National Sleep Foundation at

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"The recommendations are the result of multiple rounds of consensus voting after a comprehensive review of published scientific studies on sleep and health."

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), along with a multi-disciplinary expert panel, issued its new recommendations for appropriate sleep durations.

The report recommends wider appropriate sleep ranges for most age groups.

The results are published in Sleep Health: The Official Journal of the National Sleep Foundation.

The National Sleep Foundation convened experts from sleep, anatomy and physiology, as well as pediatrics, neurology, gerontology and gynecology to reach a consensus from the broadest range of scientific disciplines.

The panel revised the recommended sleep ranges for all six children and teen age groups.

A summary of the new recommendations includes: (See Full Chart Below)

  • Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)
National Sleep Foundation's Sleep Duration Recommendations:
Age Recommended May be appropriate Not recommended
Newborns 0-3 months 14 to 17 hours11 to 13 hours 18 to 19 hoursLess than 11 hours More than 19 hours
Infants 4-11 months 12 to 15 hours10 to 11 hours 16 to 18 hoursLess than 10 hours More than 18 hours
Toddlers 1-2 years 11 to 14 hours9 to 10 hours 15 to 16 hoursLess than 9 hours More than 16 hours
Preschoolers 3-5 years 10 to 13 hours8 to 9 hours 14 hoursLess than 8 hours More than 14 hours
School-aged Children 6-13 years9 to 11 hours7 to 8 hours 12 hoursLess than 7 hours More than 12 hours
Teenagers 14-17 years8 to 10 hours7 hours 11 hoursLess than 7 hours More than 11 hours
Young Adults 18-25 years7 to 9 hours6 hours 10 to 11 hoursLess than 6 hours More than 11 hours
Adults 26-64 years7 to 9 hours6 hours 10 hoursLess than 6 hours More than 10 hours
Older Adults 65 years7 to 8 hours5 to 6 hours 9 hoursLess than 5 hours More than 9 hours

"This is the first time that any professional organization has developed age-specific recommended sleep durations based on a rigorous, systematic review of the world scientific literature relating sleep duration to health, performance and safety," said Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, chairman of the board of the National Sleep Foundation, chief of sleep and circadian disorders at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. "The National Sleep Foundation is providing these scientifically grounded guidelines on the amount of sleep we need each night to improve the sleep health of the millions of individuals and parents who rely on us for this information."

A new range, "may be appropriate," has been added to acknowledge the individual variability in appropriate sleep durations. The recommendations now define times as either (a) recommended; (b) may be appropriate for some individuals; or (c) not recommended.

"The National Sleep Foundation Sleep Duration Recommendations will help individuals make sleep schedules that are within a healthy range. They also serve as a useful starting point for individuals to discuss their sleep with their health care providers," said David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation.

The recommendations are the result of multiple rounds of consensus voting after a comprehensive review of published scientific studies on sleep and health.

The expert panel included six sleep experts and experts from the following stakeholder organizations:

American Association of Anatomists
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Chest Physicians
American Geriatrics Society
American Neurological Association
American Physiological Society
American Psychiatric Association
American Thoracic Society
Gerontological Society of America
Human Anatomy and Physiology Society
Society for Research in Human Development
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

"The NSF has committed to regularly reviewing and providing scientifically rigorous recommendations," says Max Hirshkowitz, PhD, Chair of the National Sleep Foundation Scientific Advisory Council. "The public can be confident that these recommendations represent the best guidance for sleep duration and health."

To view the full results and methodology of the report, please visit


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