Alaska Sleep Education Center

How much sleep do you really need?

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Aug 7, 2013 12:01:00 PM

“… Sufficient sleep is not a luxury—it is a necessity—and should be thought of as a vital sign of good health.”

Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS, Director,
Division of Adult and Community Health,
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.


Consider these sleep guidelines for different age groups.  


  • Birth–2 months need 12–18 hours

  • 3–11 months need 14–15 hours


  • 1–3 years need 12–14 hours

  • 3–5 years old need 11–13 hours

  • 5–10 years old need 10–11 hours


  • 10-17 years need 8.5–9.5 hours


  • need 7–9 hours




Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   

1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA

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