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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. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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" ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 :-). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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How many hours of sleep is adequate? For a 39 year old busy executive

How many hours of sleep is adequate? For a 39 year old busy executive

Sleep duration: Most people need 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night. If you feel like you need to take a nap in the middle of the day you're not getting enough sleep. Also if you feel the need to drink caffeine to keep you going more sleep is recommended. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many hours of sleep does a nine year old need?

Can you let me know how many hours of sleep does a nine year old need?

9-10: The average 9 yo has a steady growth rate and will generally do well with 9-10 hours of sleep/d. Vigorous sports participation or recovery from an illness would add to that basic amount. Evidence of too little sleep could include sleep walking, frequent brief cat naps, irritability, overeating, etc. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many hours of sleep does a 12 year old child need?

Can you let me know how many hours of sleep does a 12 year old child need?

Sleep needs: A pubertal child should never get less than 9hr sleep/night & during a growth spurt may need more. After she hits her final height /stage she can get by on 8. The sighs you mention suggest she is entering a rapid growth phase. If she is getting good sleep & is still tired she needs an evaluation. Sluggishness at this age can be caused by a variety of issues. ...Read more

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How many hours of sleep does a3 year old boy need to get a full nights rest?

10-14 hours: Depends on if he's a young or old three years but 10-14 hours is a decent range over a 24 hour period. So it also depends on if he naps or not as well as if he's closer to three or four years old. ...Read more

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Is ten hours of sleep too much for a 19 year old male?

Is ten hours of sleep too much for a 19 year old male?

No: People in their teens need more sleep and a later wake times than adults need. As you get older your sleep cycle will mature to one which an tolerate earlier wake times and fewer hours but for now you may require and should get as many hours of sleep as needed for you to wake refreshed. ...Read more

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I a 23 year old female, No matter what I do during the day it seems like I need 10 hours of sleep a day. .. And sometimes I still feel tierd.?

I a 23 year old female, No matter what I do during the day it seems like I need 10 hours of sleep a day. .. And sometimes I still feel tierd.?

RowRowRowYourBoat: The so-called"normal range"is about 6-8 hours but some need more, others can tolerate less. And if you feel tired during the day it may mean the quality of your sleep is not optimal. Like maybe you have a breathing problem during sleep, or some meds or drugs are a problem Also, some people who have depression (even if they're not aware of it) want to sleep more but still feel tired. Time for a checkup! ...Read more

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My 15 year old sister only gets about 3-5 hours of sleep and she just "blacked out" and fell. Is this related?

POSSIBLY: An adolescent requires 7-10 hours of sleep a day. 3-5 hours is not nearly enough. Her fainting spell should be investigated in light of her abnormal sleeping patterns. It may be related or her fainting may be due to a number of other conditions. I advise to start with her family doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm a 19 year old female, I was wondering how many hours of sleep should I get or need my sleep is always interrupted by being woken up by people : (?

I'm a 19 year old female, I was wondering how many hours of sleep should I get or need my sleep is always interrupted by being woken up by people : (?

Probably 8 hr: During the growing years a teen needs 9 or more hours of sleep per 24 hrs. Growth spurts and physically demanding activities can add to the need. As growth and extra activities decline, most will find 8 hour enough. Failure to keep up with the sleep requirement can show up in a variety of ways. Poor academic performance in school, sleep walking, etc. ...Read more

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Dear doctor, recently I am experiencing tiredness. I am 22 year old male. How many hours of sleep is required by me?

Dear doctor, recently I am experiencing tiredness. I am 22 year old male. How many hours of sleep is required by me?

8 - 9: Most experts agree that 8 - 9 hours of sleep is optimal. They are looking into the maximum hours recommended without negative effects. ...Read more

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My eight year old sneeze a few times and blow his nose with lots of secretions, but only at night after a few hours of sleep. His allergic.

My eight year old sneeze a few times and blow his nose with lots of secretions, but only at night after a few hours of sleep. His allergic.

Allergic: Your son may be allergic to his bedding such as his pillow or possibly stuffed animals. Additionally if he sleeps with an open window mold and pollen may be blown in his bedroom causing allergies. ...Read more

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14 year old girl played basketball n badminton. Had 4 hours of sleep. When sneezing and coughing her upper back hurts. Why is this happening?

14 year old girl played basketball n badminton. Had 4 hours of sleep. When sneezing and coughing her upper back hurts. Why is this happening?

Possibly: Pleurisy or inflammation of the inner lining of the lung.
Causes include virus infection or more likely in her case, musculo-skelatl fatigue due to coughing and sneezing. Best to be treated for the allergies (if found) and strenuos coughing. Try to see your primary doctor ...Read more

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Why I sleep more than 8 hours, i`am 18 years old please I need to know : what's the max. Number of hours I must sleep?

Normals: Believe it or not, teenagers and young adults may need quite a bit more sleep than most people believe. Minimum is generally about 8 hours for your age. Top normals are around 10 hours. Everyone is a little different. Some people, the "short sleepers" need only about 4. ...Read more

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I'm 17 years old. How many hours of sleep is good for me and what time should I go to bed? I have to wake up at 5:45 am.

I'm 17 years old. How many hours of sleep is good for me and what time should I go to bed? I have to wake up at 5:45 am.

Varies: At your age the amount of sleep necessary is variable. You should listen to your body as it will "tell" you when you are sleepy enough as in you'll feel well rested and energetic. As a rule aim for the range of 8-10 hours per night. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hello! Hope to be fine. I am 18 years old. It's been one year my sister death and after that I have nostalgic. Whenever I am sleeping all the past pro?

Hello! Hope to be fine. I am 18 years old. It's been one year my sister death and after that I have nostalgic. Whenever I am sleeping all the past pro?

Can't answer: This question, unfortunately seems to have lost a little in translation. There is no diease called nostalgic. ...Read more