When you ask, “How much sleep do I need?” you’ll most likely get people throwing around numbers between six and twelve. We all have that one friend who says,
“Oh, I can survive on four hours of sleep just fine.”
And yet that other one who says,
“If I don’t get my fourteen hours in, I’m a grumpy Gus.”
While the hours of sleep you need vary from person to person, the recommended hours mainly depends on your age.
Of course, there have been some scientific studies that have determined your genes play a role in whether you’re a sleep-machine or a just-a-few-hours-and-I’m-peachy kinda person.
That’s why the number of hours of sleep by age are really just guidelines. If you find yourself needing a little more or less, then that’s fine too. But it’s essential to get enough high-quality sleep, no matter your age or gene pool.