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

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Can be

Not everyone needs the beauty sleep of 8 hours.
...This is average....Which means many need less than 8. Some people can do 2-3 hours/day and are fine for many years...I actually have 2 patients needing only about 3 hours or so... Some need 9-10 or more... As long as you don't feel tired and don't have the need to "catch-up" on sleep, functioning normally, then i don't see a problem....

In brief: Can be

Not everyone needs the beauty sleep of 8 hours.
...This is average....Which means many need less than 8. Some people can do 2-3 hours/day and are fine for many years...I actually have 2 patients needing only about 3 hours or so... Some need 9-10 or more... As long as you don't feel tired and don't have the need to "catch-up" on sleep, functioning normally, then i don't see a problem....
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Doubt it

Most in that age group are involved in training/school/extra curricular activities, etc.
A basic 8-9 hours are required at that age with increases needed if studying hard or playing sports. Trying to get by on less leads to subtle declines in memory retention, performance,resistance to illness etc. Some will sleep walk/talk. All of these improve with better sleep habits.

In brief: Doubt it

Most in that age group are involved in training/school/extra curricular activities, etc.
A basic 8-9 hours are required at that age with increases needed if studying hard or playing sports. Trying to get by on less leads to subtle declines in memory retention, performance,resistance to illness etc. Some will sleep walk/talk. All of these improve with better sleep habits.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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