Health Tips - Sleep, Hours of
In 1910, the average person slept 9.0 hours a night. By 1975, the average person slept 7.5 hours. In a 2002 poll, the National Sleep Foundation found that the average American adult was sleeping 6.9 hours a night, leading to fatigue, exhaustion and other symptoms.
The sleep goal per night is:
- Infants (up to just about a year old) — 14 hours of sleep.
- Toddlers (12 months to 3 years) — 12 to 14 hours of sleep.
- Preschoolers (3 to 5 years, even 6 year old kindergarteners) — 11 to 13 hours of sleep.
- School-aged kids (1st grade to 5th grade) 10 to 11 hours of sleep.
- Teens — 9 hours of sleep.
- Adults — 8+ hours of sleep.
In a 10-year study the University of Michigan Health System found a significant connection between a preschooler’s lack of sleep and substance abuse. It linked preschooler’s bad sleep habits to their use of drug, tobacco or alcohol later in life. Make sufficient sleep a family priority!
Read the other health tips in my sleep and bedrooms series to learn how to keep your bedroom healthful and restful.
Have a restful night.