How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Sleep guidelines from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood InstituteExternal Web Site Icon below have noted that sleep changes as we age, although there is no 'magic number' as individual sleep needs vary.

Age Recommended Amount of Sleep
Newborns 16–18 hours a day
Preschool-aged children 11–12 hours a day
School-aged children At least 10 hours a day
Teens 9–10 hours a day
Adults (including the elderly) 7–8 hours a day
*From CDC

 Supervision Guidelines

  Georgia's guidelines for leaving a child without adult supervision include:

  • Children under 8 should never be left alone.
  • Children between 9 and 12 can be left for brief periods of time, such as children who arrive home from school before their parents get home, and have a specific plan in place.
  • Children 13 and older can be left as babysitters.
  • However, it is not recommended that 13-year olds babysit infants, small children or children requiring special attention due to medical concerns. 
  • Children 15 and older can be left home alone overnight depending on the maturity level of the child.