More demands, more stress – who has time for a full night’s sleep anymore? Well, you should. Teenagers should get between 8.5 and 9.5 hours of sleep per night, children should get between 10 and 11. Mike Davis with the Sleep Disorders Center at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield says adults need the least.
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“Younger adults to older adults should have 7 to 9 hours,” Davis says. “We know that’s pretty unrealistic anymore, but that’s what they should shoot for.” There’s help if the problem is physical. Sleep tests can determine whether adults suffer from sleep apnea, narcolepsy and other problems – and children could be having night terrors. Otherwise, Davis suggests going to bed at the same time every night, don’t play with electronics and avoid nicotine or caffeine several hours before bed.