What Is The Ideal Amount Of Sleep

Between work, kids, chores, and trying to find time for yourself, life can get pretty hectic, making getting enough sleep at night seem impossible.

However, getting a good night’s sleep has indisputable benefits, like improving your mood and boosting your immune system. Knowing this, it’s important to know what the ideal amount of sleep is for you at every stage of life.

Let’s jump right in and find out what your ideal amount of sleep is and how to better achieve it.

Recommended Hours of Sleep

Sleep is essential to maintaining our health. The benefits of sleep include strengthening your heart, preventing unnecessary weight gain, and increasing daytime productivity.

So, what is the recommended amount of sleep?

The answer varies by age, with the general recommendation being higher for young babies and school-aged children.

In the table below, you can see how much sleep is ideal for each age group.

Age Range

Recommended Hours of Sleep:

0-3 months old 14-17 hours
4-11 months old 12-15 hours
1-2 years old 11-14 hours
3-5 years old 10-13 hours
6-13 years old 9-11 hours
14-17 years old 8-10 hours
18-25 years old 7-9 hours
26-64 years old 7-9 hours
65+ 7-8 hours

It’s important to recognize that these are guidelines and certain circumstances may prevent you from getting the recommended amount of sleep at night and that’s okay.

It’s possible, however, to adopt healthy sleep habits that help you regularly achieve a healthy amount of sleep.

Healthy Sleep Habits

Consistent sleep schedule

Following a regular sleep schedule will help balance your internal clock and allow your body to naturally feel tired by the time bedtime rolls around.

By knowing your wake-up time and recommended hours of sleep, you can better plan your bedtime, ensuring a restful night’s sleep!

Comfortable environment

Creating a space that feels comfortable and relaxing to you will help ease your mind and body for bedtime. Keeping your bedroom dark, cool and quiet will help to promote relaxation and sleep.

What’s more, adding a new mattress to your bedroom like the Coollux, can help support your sleep goals and help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Physical activity

Physical activity has also been known to promote better, deeper sleep. Although the connection between physical activity and sleep is unclear, what is clear is that exercise increases the amount of slow-wave sleep you get. Slow wave sleep is where we experience deep sleep, the type of sleep needed to allow our bodies to rejuvenate.

Manage stress

Stress plays a huge role in most of our lives and can be a major roadblock when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Writing down your worries can help to alleviate some of the stress and ease your anxiety.

When we get an ideal amount of sleep, we are better able to work, learn, create, and communicate. Find your local MLILY stockist today to learn how we can help you make better sleep a habit!


MLILY are constantly striving to make the most advanced products and offer the best sleep solutions. As such we look forward to introducing a range of newly innovated products at AIFF stand J42 (13-16 July 2023) including our premium memory foam mattresses, adjustable beds, pillows & lift chairs. Read MLILY Australia's National Sales Manager Adam Duckett's recent interview ahead of the upcoming AIFF Our team is looking forward to seeing you there, for further information on any of the product shown at the show please contact MLILY head office. 

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