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Is 6 hours of sleep enough for an 18 year old?

Is 6 hours of sleep enough for an 18 year old?

No: 6 hours of sleep is not healthy for the average 18 year old. At this age up to 8-9 hours are needed. If you are asking the question, I think there might be a concern. I would see a sleep specialist just for an initial evaluation.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How many hours of sleep should an eighteen year old get per a night on average? Is there a certain time that is "healthier" to be asleep by?

How many hours of sleep should an eighteen year old get per a night on average? Is there a certain time that is "healthier" to be asleep by?

8-10 HRS SHOULD BE: Enough, as long as it is uninterrupted. The most important issues regarding sleep hygiene is getting up about the same time every morning, not watching tv or reading in bed.

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I'm 18 years old. Is the recommended about 7 - 8 hours of sleep? Any further advice?

I'm 18 years old. Is the recommended about 7 - 8 hours of sleep? Any further advice?

8 hr minimum: The brain is still maturing until 22 or so in women and 25 in males. Sleep requirements vary with physical and mental activity as well as age, so more sleep may be required. Additional rest is needed when issues of poor performance, poor short term memory, sleep walking or talking are noted.

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I am 18 and I'm always tired, I get 8 hours of sleep but I still can sleep whenever and wherever. Why?

I am 18 and I'm always tired, I get 8 hours of sleep but I still can sleep whenever and wherever. Why?

Always tired: There can be many reasons for that ; therefore, it is important to see u pcp for evaluation and work up. Good luck.

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18 year old female, 4-5 hours sleep for past 9 months. How will this effect my health? Very anxious too and POCS. Can napping during day be worse?

18 year old female, 4-5 hours sleep for past 9 months. How will this effect my health? Very anxious too and POCS. Can napping during day be worse?

See below: Inability to fall asleep easily is often due to anxiety. Inability to stay asleep (early awakening) is often due to depression. For information on treating insomnia see http://bit. Ly/260HSXL and http://bit. Ly/1ZOS1D8 For good advice about napping: http://wb. Md/1UxS4PA For treatment of anxiety Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is very good. See my Checklist "overcoming anxiety and stress"

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Hi I am an 18 year old boy and my BP is usually 90 by 70 and the most it went was 100 by 95. Also I sleep a lot and feel tired.

Hi I am an 18 year old boy and my BP is usually 90 by 70 and the most it went was 100 by 95. Also I sleep a lot and feel tired.

Tired and low BP: Please see your doctor. He/she MAY test your thyroid and other hormones to make sure all is well. If so, you MAY be a bit depressed and a few sessions w/a mental health pro for some talk therapy can be useful. Peace and good health.

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I'm an 18 year old male who tends 2 wake up at 11 am - 1pm due to sleep issues. I eat breakfast then, lunch 3, dinner 7. Is this extremely bad for me?

I'm an 18 year old male who tends 2 wake up at 11 am - 1pm due to sleep issues. I eat breakfast then, lunch 3, dinner 7. Is this extremely bad for me?

Sleep problem: For age 18, this is excessive sleep, and decreased functioning of your life. It is likely that you have depression due to stresses in your personal and social life, and. Unresolved feelings. Please see a therapist for evaluation of your condition, and therapy including increase in your daily functioning.

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What amount of sleep should an 18 year old female get per night?

What amount of sleep should an 18 year old female get per night?

Sleep amounts: From 12 to 18 years old: 8 to 9 hours per day.

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What could be wrong? I am an 18 year old female who just returned to alamosa, co (elevation 7, 544 feet above sea level) for college after being home in california for 4 weeks for winter break. Lately I haven't been able to sleep even though I am extremel

What could be wrong? I am an 18 year old female who just returned to alamosa, co (elevation 7, 544 feet above sea level) for college after being home in california for 4 weeks for winter break. Lately I haven't been able to sleep even though I am extremel

Many: Many lifestyle changes could affect the ability to sleep (late exercises, caffeine or alcohol intake, unsteady bedtime schedule and a sleep environment that is not promoting to sleep). These are some of the the most common reasons for someone not be to able to fall asleep easily. Trying to go to bed when you are sleepy, around the same time every night, waking up around the same time every morning (no sleep-in on weekends), avoiding intensive exercise, alcohol and caffeine for at least 4-5 hours before bedtime, avoiding meals within 2 hours before bedtime, avoiding evening bright light exposure (including computers and smart phones), if not able to fall asleep in around 20 minutes, get up and do something boring not behind a computer screen or in front of the tv. Reading in a dim light would be a good choice, and don't go back to bed until your eyes feel tired again. All of these can help with difficulty falling asleep. If none of these help, a professional assessment may be a good idea. Occasionally other reasons exist and will need a doctors input.

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I am an 18 year old male, with sleep apnea and chronic anxiety. I feel drained and dumber, will this effect my success and lower my iq? I hate my life

Yes & no: You don't say if you are getting treatment for your sleep apnea. If not, get treatment. Yes, untreated it can affect your success, but no it will not lower your iq. Your symptoms should all get better with the proper treatment. Don't wait. Do something asap!

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I'm an 18 year old having untreated super high bp, erectile dysfunction, sleep apnea and chronic ptsd. Have you ever known of an 18 year old with so many problems?

I'm an 18 year old having untreated super high bp, erectile dysfunction, sleep apnea and chronic ptsd. Have you ever known of an 18 year old with so many problems?

Yes, I have: It sounds like you need at least 3 doctors -- a primary care one, a psychiatrist, and a psychologist -- all working together with you on your problems. Using stimulants could possibly explain the hypertension. But if' you're not doing that, I'm sure your primary care doctor will be tracking down other possible causes. Ptsd can cause intense anxiety, but not usually sustained hypertension.

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My 18 year old daughter feels sick every time she lacks sleep. She is now working 3rd shift and just got up to puke. What can we do to stop this?

My 18 year old daughter feels sick every time she lacks sleep. She is now working 3rd shift and just got up to puke. What can we do to stop this?

Work on the sleep: People will perform at their best when they have proper amounts of restorative sleep, good health, good nutrition and work in a safe environment. If you know her sleep habits are poor, that is the first area to work on. At 18 she should get no less than 8 hrs of sleep/24 and may need more if her work is physically or mentally challenging. Distractors like electronics/late nights need to stop.

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Is 7 hours of sleep enough for a 22 year old woman?

Is 7 hours of sleep enough for a 22 year old woman?

Can be.: Sleep needs vary markedly across individuals & over time for any individual. Some people do fine on 5 hours a night; others need 10 or more. If you go to sleep easily and wake readily, then you're getting enough sleep. Abrupt changes in sleep--either more or less--can signal a problem of some kind and may merit a visit to a doctor, unless the cause is obvious, e.g., transient at work or home.

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How many hours of sleep should a 16 year old get?

How many hours of sleep should a 16 year old get?

As much as needed: Adolescents normally need more sleep than adults and this is not uncommon at all for them to sleep in late because of this. I believe it is estimated that adolescents need up to 10 hours of sleep a day especially while growing. I have had 3 teens at home and can personally vouch for this :-).

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How many hours of sleep do a three year old need?

How many hours of sleep do a three year old need?

12-13: The average three year old will get/need 12-13 hours of sleep per day. (Pediatrics 111 (2):302-307, 2003.

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How many hours of sleep does an active 20 year old need?

At least 7 hours: The average is between 6 to 8 hours and ideal is 7. But these are averages and there can be some variation. If you wake up feeling refreshed you should be ok.

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How many hours of sleep does a 12 year old child need per night?

10 hours: Average sleep duration for a child in middle childhood (6-12 years) is 10 hrs.

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How many hours of sleep should an 81-year-old man get each night?

How many hours of sleep should an 81-year-old man get each night?

Varies ~7+/-hrs: While we typically think of elderly as needing less sleep, answer to your question really depends upon many factors. For instance, how old is old? Any underlying medical conditions and/or medications? Prior sleep disorders? Bottom line, quality of sleep is probably at least as important if not more so than quantity. And rather than ask/answer general question, ask individual if they got enough sle