Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

How many hours should the average person sleep per night?

Eight hours of sleep is a good baseline for most adults. Since sleep is a time for the body to recover and grow, children and adolescents need more sleep. The average teen needs nine or more hours of sleep each night. But that can be tricky for teens because their natural body rhythms at that age make them want to stay up late and sleep in late. They can’t help it. Sticking to a regular sleep schedule can help.

  • Signs you may need more sleep:
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Napping
  • Trouble focusing or remembering things
  • Feeling irritable or short-tempered
  • Needing caffeine or other stimulants to stay awake
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep at night (insomnia)

Signs of poor sleep in children:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Irritability
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Learning problems or poor grades
  • Trouble waking up in the morning
  • Falling asleep in school
  • Sleeping longer on weekends
  • More injuries and accidents

See your doctor if you or your child has these signs:

  • Falling asleep during the day
  • Leg twitching or moving while trying to sleep or sleeping restlessly
  • Sleepwalking
  • Snoring loudly
  • Frequent insomnia

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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