The recommended sleep duration for different age groups

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Sleep is an important component of good health. Obtaining sufficient good quality sleep every night is critical for proper mental and physical functions as well as general well-being. The lack of sleep can even cause weight gain! In infants, children and teens, sleep also plays a pivotal role in supporting growth and development. The recommendation by the National Sleep Foundation pertaining to the sleep duration for various age groups is as listed below: 


  • Hirshkowitz et. al. (2015). National Sleep Foundation’s sleep time duration recommendations: methodology and results summary. Journal of The National Sleep Foundation 1(1): 40-43. 

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