- NEWBORN (0 to 3 months): 14 to 17 hours.
- BABIES (4 to 11 months): 12 to 15 hours.
- CHILDREN (1-2 years): 11 to 14 hours.
- PRESCHOOL (3-5 years): 10 to 13 hours.
- SCHOOL AGE (6-13 years): 9 to 11 hours.
- TEENS (14 to 17) : 8 to 10 hours.
- YOUTH (18-25 years): 7 to 9 hours.
- Adults (26-64 years): 7 to 9 hours.
- SENIORS (over 65 years): 7 to 8 hours.
These hourly rates are approximate. Each person can present a certain variation in the number of hours of rest. However, a considerable decrease in the number of recommended hours of sleep can pose a health risk.
Main causes of sleep problems.
There are two main factors that can trigger rest problems. The first is stress. The second, technology.
Stress: Stress helps to release as much cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone”. Elevated levels of cortisol prevent restful sleep and interfere with feelings of well-being.
TECHNOLOGY: In the light emitting excessive technological devices, the brain is unable to release the amount of melatonin needed. By staying in the dark, our body releases more melatonin, a process that is interrupted by the light of cell phones, laptop or televisions.