Exact amount of shuteye you need depends on your age, says sleep expert

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There's nothing quite like waking up knowing you've managed to get the perfect night's sleep, leaving you feeling well-rested and ready to face the busy day ahead. Many probably won't realise however that this amount can vary greatly from person to person, and you may well notice shifts and changes throughout your own lifetime.

Your optimum night's sleep might be very different from that of your co-worker or family member, with factors such as health, age, and pregnancy having a significant impact. Now a sleep expert has opened up about how much sleep you should really be getting, depending on your age.

According to experts at Bed Kingdom, the question "how much sleep do you need?" clocked up a total of 105,000 monthly global searches over the course of the last 12 months, and the answer really does depend on your stage of life.

Babies

According to this expert team, infants need at least 12 to 16 hours of sleep every day, including naptimes. Newborn babies will commonly spend more time asleep than awake, with sleep being a crucial component of their development.

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Children

Children will need less and less sleep with time, in accordance with their development. For example, while toddlers require between 11 to 14 hours of kip, including naptimes, this fall to 10 to 13 hours for three to five-year-olds. A little further along the line, those in the six to 12 age bracket will need around nine to 12 hours of shuteye, while 13 to 18-year-olds will require approximately eight to 10 hours.

Adults

Although you may well feel like you need much more at times after a hard day's work, it's recommended that adults sleep for a minimum of seven hours per night. Your sleeping pattern can change however as you age, meaning you may end up needing a few extra hours. Indeed, many older adults may find themselves becoming lighter sleepers, waking up more easily, or struggling to drift off.

Pregnancy may also affect your sleeping patterns, with pregnant women requiring eight to 10 hours minimum for the benefit of their health, and that of their unborn baby. During times of illness, such as when you come down with a cold or flu, at least seven to nine hours of slumber are required to help your body repair itself.

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Julia Banim

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