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Do older people need less sleep?

As people age, their sleep patterns and needs may change. While it is commonly believed that older people need less sleep, this is not entirely true. While it is true that older adults may experience changes in their sleep patterns, such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, they still require a similar amount of sleep as younger adults.

Research suggests that most adults, regardless of age, need around 7-9 hours of sleep per night to function optimally. However, older individuals may find it more challenging to get a full night’s sleep due to various factors. These can include medical conditions, medications, changes in circadian rhythm, or lifestyle factors. It is important for older people to prioritize their sleep and establish healthy sleep habits to ensure they get enough restorative rest. This may involve creating a relaxing bedtime routine, maintaining a comfortable sleep environment, and seeking medical advice if sleep disturbances persist. Remember, quality sleep is essential for overall health and well-being at any age.

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