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The Sleep Foundation says I need more sleep. You?

The National Sleep Foundation has released its latest recommendations for how many hours of sleep people should be getting at each stage of life, and it appears I'm falling far short of my seven to nine hours many nights.

The recommendations are based on an in-depth review of scientific literature and input from professionals in medicine, physiology, and science.

The following are the recommended daily sleep times by age range:

• Zero to three months old: 14 to 17 hours of sleep.
• Four to 11 months old: 12 to 15 hours.
• One to two years old: 11 to 14 hours.
• Three to five years old: 10 to 13 hours.
• Six to 13 years old: nine to 11 hours.
• 14 to 17 years old: eight to 10 hours.
• 18 to 25 years old: seven to nine hours.
• 26 to 64 years old: seven to nine hours.
• 65 and older: seven to eight hours.

Experts say not getting enough sleep can lead to a shorter life, increased risk of health problems, and damage to mental health, among other issues.

"Sufficient sleep duration requirements vary across the lifespan and from person to person. The recommendations reported here represent guidelines for healthy individuals and those not suffering from a sleep disorder," states the Sleep Foundation in its report. "Sleep durations outside the recommended range may be appropriate, but deviating far from the normal range is rare. Individuals who habitually sleep outside the normal range may be exhibiting signs or symptoms of serious health problems or, if done volitionally, may be compromising their health and well-being."

Read the foundation's full report here.

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