Sleep Disorders Health Center

Sleep Disorders Overview

Sleep problems, including snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep deprivation, and restless legs syndrome, are common. Good sleep is necessary for optimal health and can affect hormone levels, mood and weight.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

The amount of sleep a person needs depends on many factors, including age.  In general:

  • Infants require about 12-15 hours a day
  • Toddlers require about 11-14 hours a day.
  • Pre-school children require 10-13 hours a day.
  • School-age children require 9-11 hours a day.
  • Teenagers need about 8.5-9.5 hours on average.
  • Most adults need 7 to 9 hours a night for the best amount of sleep, although some people may need as few as 6 hours or as many as 10 hours of sleep each day.
  • Women in the first 3 months of pregnancy often need several more hours of sleep than usual.
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