New sleep guidelines

Ever wonder if you or your children are getting enough sleep at night?

Now you have a new set of guidelines.

The National Sleep Foundation reviewed scientific literature and sought input from a variety of medical professionals, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Research in Human Development, the Gerontological Society of America, among many others.

The recommendations:

  Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours (sleep range narrowed; previously it was 12-18 hours)

■  Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours (sleep range widened by two hours; previously it was 14-15 hours)

■  Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours (sleep range widened by one hour; previously it was 12-14 hours)

■  Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours (sleep range widened by one hour; previously it was 11-13 hours)

■  School-age children (6-13): 9-11 hours (sleep range widened by one hour; previously it was 10-11 hours)

■  Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours (sleep range widened by one hour; previously it was 8.5-9.5 hours)

Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours (a new age category)

Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours  (sleep range unchanged)

Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours (a new age category)