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Do older people need less sleep?

It's a common misconception that seniors require less sleep than younger adults. While the amount of sleep a person needs in order to stay healthy varies from one individual to another, aging isn't a factor in the amount of sleep an individual needs. The range of sleep time needed for a senior is the same five and a half to ten hours of sleep per night that suits a person in their twenties or thirties. There are certainly changes in sleep patterns as we age, though. Often, older folks sleep less deeply and are more prone to be awakened by discomfort and other aches and pains. The frequent sleep disturbances aren't even always noticed, but they do result in low level sleep deprivation, and in drowsiness and the need for naps during the day. There are several steps that you can take to help you sleep better at night and be more awake during the day. 1. Establish a regular sleep patterns. 2. Cut down on stimulants like nicotine and caffeine. 3. Get outdoors each day. Sunlight helps regulate your circadian cycle. 4. Invest in a comfortable, supportive mattress. Sleeping on a mattress that supports your entire body comfortably without putting pressure on any of your joints can make an enormous difference in how long and how well you sleep at night. A proper mattress can eliminate most night-time sleep disturbances due to discomfort, pressure and pain. You'll find a large selection of mattresses at www.mattressnextday.co.uk, where we take sleep seriously.