How Much Sleep Does The Average Person Need

How Much Sleep Does The Average Person Need?

August 17, 2010
Healthy Sleep


I have heard that a person only really needs about six hours of sleep. I seem to do well with that will it hurt me if I get less?


Every thing that I have researched and the physicians that I have spoke with over the years all seem to agree that most people need about 7-8 hours a night. The interesting thing is and perhaps you are living proof of that some people perform quite well with less than that. Each person differs. There are people that may need as much as 10 hours of sleep a night while others may be able to get away with much less like yourself. A common theme seems to be that if you have to sleep longer on the weekends than you do during the week, chances are you probably aren’t getting an adequate amount of sleep you need each night.

Babies’ ages 1-4 months old usually require 14 ½ – 15 ½ hours per day and small children 1-3 years old usually require 12 – 14 hours per day according to Me personally I have to have about eight hours.

I can remember as a young adult who went out with friends and stayed out late that I usually never got very tired. I would go to bed sometimes 2:00 am or later and get up the next morning at 8:00 am or 9:00 am and start it all over. I can also remember having a lot more colds then. My dad used to say to me that if I didn’t get some rest and avoid those smoky bars and clubs that I was never going to knock that cold. When I was a kid up through my teenage years I can remember my mom calling me a bear. She would always say, “I can always tell when you haven’t had enough sleep.” I must confess personally I most definitely think there is some truth to the average person needing eight hours of sleep. Just ask my parents and now my wife.

If you don’t sleep well I would suggest talking with your physician they can assist you if a lack of sleep is due to health related issues. If comfort or support is a problem consider a new mattress. Otherwise sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite.