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How Much Sleep Do I Need?

by Angela Maple

 At a Glance:

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

How Much Deep Sleep Do You Need?

4 Ways to Boost Your Sleep Quality

Best Mattresses for Better Quality Sleep

FAQs

Why Trust Us?

Besides eating, drinking, and breathing, sleeping is the most essential function to the human body — mentally and physically. We can't function properly without sleep, but according to a new study in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third of American adults aren't getting enough sleep on a regular basis. But how much sleep is too much? How much sleep is too little? How much sleep do I need? All of these are good questions, and we're here to answer them for you.

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In this guide, our sleep specialists from Mattress Land will help you solve "how much sleep I need", offer tips to improve your sleep, and recommend some quality mattresses that can boost your sleep health.

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

In general, the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

You may be asking how researchers arrived at this figure. Well, sleep has been one of the most explored issues by scientists over the last century, so there's plenty of data to back up this statistic. When scientists studied the amount of sleep people require based on their age, they considered a few things. Typically, they examine the memory and cognitive abilities of those being studied, depending on how long they sleep.

Scientists also research the health of babies, toddlers, and children in relation to how well they grow for their age group. Researchers could estimate a suggested fixed number of hours of sleep for each age group based on the findings. How much sleep do adults require? What about the children? According to this sleep chart reviewed by Sleep Physician Dr. Abhinav Singh, here’s how many hours of sleep each person needs based on age.

Age group

Recommended Hours of Sleep

Newborn

0–3 months

14–17 hours

Infant

4–12 months

12–16 hours

Toddler

1–2 years old

11–14 hours

Preschool

3–5 years old

10–13 hours

School Age

6–12 years old

9–12 hours

Teen

13–18 years old

8–10 hours

Adult

18–60 years old

7 or more hours

61–64 years old

7–9 hours

65 years old and up

7–8 hours

How Much Deep Sleep Do You Need?

Now that we've addressed the question of "how much sleep do I require," how much of that sleep should be deep sleep? Before we get into how much of your sleep cycle should be deep sleep, let's first define it and why you need it.

What is Deep Sleep?

Deep sleep, also known as slow-wave sleep, occurs during the third stage of NREM sleep. Electrical activity in the brain shows in long, slow waves termed delta waves during deep sleep. You usually settle into a deep sleep within an hour after falling asleep and have increasingly shorter bouts of deep sleep as the night progresses. Automatic bodily processes like respiration and heart rate are also very slow during this period, and your muscles relax. It might be tough to wake you up, and coming up from a deep slumber can cause brain fog for up to an hour.

Why is Deep Sleep Important?

While all stages of sleep are required for optimal health, deep sleep has distinct physical and mental advantages. During the deep sleep stage, your body produces growth hormones and works to build and repair muscles, bones, and tissue, as well as maintain immune system function. Deep sleep is also necessary for cognitive function and memory, and it is considered to help with language acquisition, motor abilities, and brain development.

How Much Deep Sleep Do You Really Need?

The quantity of deep sleep a person requires is usually proportional to the amount of total sleep a person obtains. According to the Sleep Foundation, most individuals should sleep seven to nine hours every night, with 13 to 23 percent (approximately 55–97 minutes) spent in deep sleep.

4 Ways to Boost Your Sleep Quality

Insufficient sleep is a threat to public health on a national scale. Not getting enough sleep (or too much sleep) can lead to a variety of issues ranging from minor annoyances (daytime tiredness or irritability) to major health concerns (heart disease and stroke). So, making sure that getting the recommended amount of sleep is a top priority that can improve your health and boost your mood and energy.

Improving your sleep health is more than just changing your routine and habits — it's also about your environment and how that can also affect your sleep. Here are some examples of how you can boost your sleep health for a long, deep slumber.

1.     Be Consistent

Set a schedule, go to bed at the same time every night, and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.

2.     Remove Gadgets

Before you go to sleep, take out all electronic devices like laptops, smartphones, TVs, or tablets from your bedroom.

3.     Get Some Exercise

If you can't sleep because you're wide awake at night, getting physically active during the day can help you burn some of that energy so you can fall asleep more easily at night.

4.     Find the Right Mattress

When it's time to replace your mattress, let Mattress Land help you find a solution to your sleep problems. Curious how we're going to do that? With our BedFIT, of course!

Best Mattresses for Better Quality Sleep

When it comes to discovering the best mattresses, our sleep specialists have chosen some of the best we have to offer. A good mattress should help you fall asleep, remain asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed for the next day.

Best Euro Top Mattress: SleepFit™ Executive 2.5 Traditional Wrapped Coil Euro Top Queen Mattress

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When it comes to sleeping, we recommend SleepFit's traditional wrapped coil mattress. This SleepFitTM Executive Traditional queen mattress has multi-layered foam, coil support, and cooling technology woven right into the surface. You fall asleep sooner, stay asleep longer, and sleep cooler with layers like the Fresh Comfort quilt, reinforced coils, and gel foam. Sleeping on this mattress will show you why SleepFit mattresses from the Executive line are our best-sellers in all of our locations!

Best Memory Foam Mattress: Spa Retreat Wellness 1.5 Graphene Memory Foam Firm Queen Mattress in a Box

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After you've completed your nighttime ritual, snuggle up with your beloved pet in this memory foam mattress from Spa Retreat. This Spa Retreat mattress's layers will make taking a nap or retiring to bed cozy and comfortable. With a performance heat and wicking fabric, graphene memory foam, Certipur-US HD comfort layer, and high-density orthopedic support core, you may sleep soundly without tossing and turning in search of a cold area. Best of all, with the Certipur-US comfort layer and high density foam, you'll wake up refreshed and pain-free regardless of your sleeping position.

Best Hybrid Mattress: Tempur-Pedic® TEMPUR-ProAdapt™ Medium Hybrid Queen Mattress

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Go to bed on this Tempur-Pedic hybrid mattress, whether you snuggle up or sprawl out! Lying on this carefully made bed with pressure-relieving materials, trademark cooling technology, and specifically created coils, you will experience constant comfort and innovation. You'll sleep like royalty on a mattress that adjusts, molds, and answers to your body's individual demands thanks to layers of foam, 1,000 premium spring coils, and a cooling cover.

FAQs

We recognize that not everyone understands how to answer "how much sleep do I need," and because sleep science is always releasing new findings, things may change. But you know that you may still have questions, so here are some of our clients' most often asked questions.

Q: How much sleep do teenagers need?

Although teens have a reputation for sleeping late and waking up even later, kids 13–18 years old need 8–10 hours of sleep per night. The reasons your teenagers are sleeping in late and waking up late is due to their biological clock resetting as well as the melatonin in their bodies being released later making it harder for them to fall asleep earlier.

Q: How much sleep should a 3-year-old get?

It is recommended that a 3-year-old needs at least 10–13 hours of sleep (including naps) to maintain good health.

Q: How much sleep should a 7-year-old get?

Even though there is no guaranteed rule, the general rule of thumb is that 7-year-olds need 10–11 hours of sleep per night.

Q: How much sleep should a 12-year-old get?

On the cusp of entering teenage hood, your pre-teen will need 9–11 hours of sleep a night as they start heading into growth spurt territory.

Why Trust Mattress Land?

Since 1996, Mattress Land has been making strides in the mattress industry to provide our customers the sleep experience they need — and deserve. We do that by offering the ultimate customer experience, complete with our trained experts, BedFIT™ computerized diagnostics, and our impressive showroom. We'll make sure that you find the right sleep solution for your sleeping habits so you can feel energized in your day-to-day life.

We are also proud of our diverse, employee-driven culture, where our teams work hard toward a common goal. We know that better sleep makes all the difference, and our commitment to changing the landscape of traditional mattress shopping is how we know Mattress Land is one of the best mattress stores around.

Shop Mattresses at Mattress Land

At Mattress Land, we provide quality name-brand mattresses for great prices. Our sleep experts are always happy to help you answer questions like "how much sleep do I need?" and others for better slumber. With locations throughout California, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington, Mattress Land is bound to have a sleep solution for everyone. We are more accessible than ever! You can call us at 800-909-9299, visit our website to shop Mattress Land sales, and check out Mattress Land reviews online. Or better yet, stop by one of our showrooms to discover why we are everyone's favorite local mattress store. Visit us today!

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