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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.

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Dr. Pepi


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