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Module 4 | Lesson 1: The epidemic of our poor sleep

Module 4 | Lesson 1:
The epidemic of our poor sleep

 

Sleep hygiene (listen above)

Sleep hygiene is a term used to describe good sleep habits. There is much evidence to suggest that such strategies provide long-term solutions for sleep. These are general guidelines, and some or all of these may assist you with sleep. Everyone’s rhythms are different, so it is important to adapt these to you. These guidelines do not preclude your use of medication or other professional advice about sleep. Download the information as a PDF 

Hours of sleep

The National Sleep Foundation has developed age-specific recommended sleep durations based on a systematic review of world scientific literature relating sleep duration to health, performance and safety (2015). These scientific guidelines indicate the amount of sleep we need each night to improve our sleep health!

Category Age – years Hours/day
Newborns 0 – 3 months 14 – 17
Infants 4 – 11 months 12 – 15
Toddlers 1 – 2 11 – 14
Preschoolers 3 – 5 10 – 13
School age children 6 – 13 9 – 11
Teenagers 14 – 17 8 – 10
Younger adults (new age category) 18 – 25 7 – 9
Adults 26 – 64 7 – 9
Older adults (new age category) 65+ 7 – 8