How much sleep do we need?

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Remember when Mum or Dad used to call out, ‘Bedtime kids!!’ We all need sleep and the amount of sleep changes by age. How many hours of sleep are enough?

Age Range Recommended Hours of Sleep
Under 1 year old

9-10 consecutive night-time hours


3 combined hours of naps

1-4 years old

9-10 night-time hours of sleep

2-3 combined hours of naps

4-20 years old

9-10 night-time hours of sleep

Over 18 years old

7-8 night-time hours of sleep

The sleep ranges mentioned here are approximate. Why the overlap between 18 to 20 year olds? Our bodies mature out of the teen development stages at different times. Stress from school or university, work hours and transitions into adult lifestyles may mean we need more sleep into our early adulthood.

Quality of Sleep is as Important as How Much Sleep
The quality of sleep is as important as the amount of sleep we get. If you have trouble getting into deep sleep, are sick or emotionally stressed out, you will need more sleep. If you are over tired from lack of sleep due to travel, celebrating or stress, you will need to give yourself more time before sleep to get to sleep.
What you eat, when you eat and your bedtime will also change the quality of sleep you get. See our previous article on Bedroom Secrets of Elite Athletes for more sleep tips.

Do Naps Count As Sleep
Yes! Naps count as part of the total sleep you get in a day. Keep in mind that you need to plan enough time to relax before a nap, get at least 40 minutes of sleep during a nap and give yourself enough time to adjust to waking up. Watch for a future article where we talk about a member of our family who has perfected the art of napping.
To improve the quality of your sleep, you need both a supportive mattress and properly supportive pillow. Come in to Bedshed to discuss and try a number of mattress and pillow combinations.

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