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In today's busy world, it can be difficult to feel like you're getting enough sleep. But how much sleep do you really need, anyway? The usual advice you hear recommends eight hours, but new research suggests that that may be variable depending on your individual situation. If you've ever wondered how much you should be sleeping or wish you could get more sleep in the first place, read on to discover the latest information and research on healthy sleep habits.

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1. Age Isn't Just a Number

Age has a big impact on the amount of sleep an individual needs. Infants, children, and teens need significantly more sleep than most adults due to the requirements of their growing bodies. Infants, in particular, may need 14 to 17 hours of sleep a day, although by the time they're toddlers that drops to 11 to 14 hours. After age 6, children typically need nine to 11 hours, while teenagers need eight to ten hours a night.

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