Australian sleep guidelines revised

Australian sleep experts have adopted new guidelines from the US on how much sleep people need at various life stages.

The evidence-based guidelines from the US National Sleep Foundation recommend young and middle-aged adults get 7-9 hours sleep a night, but this doesn’t have to be unbroken.

The breakdown for each age group is:

  • Newborns should be getting 14-17 hours’ sleep a day, revised from the previously recommended 12-18 hours;
  • Infants should sleep 12-15 hours (previously 14-15 hours), toddlers 11-14 hours

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