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How much sleep do you need?

A good rule of thumb is:  If you wake up feeling refreshed, and you don’t feel sleepy during the day, you are getting enough sleep.

Based on Ayurveda

  • According to Ayurveda, the amount of sleep you need depends on your mind-body constitution or body type. People with Kapha constitution need the most sleep, about eight or nine hours in order to feel rested. Pittas are next, with a need of seven to eight hours. Vatas can manage with six to seven hours of sleep.
  • Your requirements of sleep also depends on what stage of life are you in. Babies can sleep as much as 15 or 16 hours out of every 24. Children frequently sleep 10 hours or more. At the other extreme, elderly people rarely enjoy a sound, unbroken sleep of more than four or five hours.
  • Ayurveda considers childhood to be the Kapha stage of life. Adulthood is Pitta time, and old age is the Vata stage of life. So the same principle applies here as with body types: we need the most sleep during the Kapha stage, the least during Vata time.

  • Sleep needs based on  Ayurvedic body type:

    • Vata = 6-7 hours
    • Pitta = 7-8 hours 
    • Kapha = 8-9 hours
Wake Up

Based on the Western world of thought.

The amount of sleep that you need depends on a number of factors, including:

  • your genetic make-up,
  • the amount of exercise you get,
  • what you do during your waking hours,
  • your age,
  • whether you are still growing, and
  • the quality of your sleep.
  • Basic guidelines are



- Infants to 6 months 16 hours
- Ages 6 months to 6: between 10 – 12 hours
- Ages 6 to 9: about 10 hours of sleep
- Ages 9 to 19: about 9 hours of sleep

Adults:  7 to 8 hours a night appears to be the best amount of sleep, although some people may need as few as 5 hours or as many as 10 hours of sleep each night.

Older adults:  Current thought is that older adults need as much, if not more, sleep than middle-aged adults. Taking a midday nap may help.

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