60+ – shallower sleep and less of it
Do you always get up early in the morning, yet complain of problems falling asleep in the evening? Unfortunately this is often the case … because increasing age decreases the need for sleep. From around 60 years old, we only require around 7–8 hours of sleep. Often, we spread sleep out across the day as we get older, for example with a nap in the afternoon, and thus reduce the need for sleep in the evening. As a result, we need up to an hour in the evenings to fall asleep. In this case, an evening walk can help, as movement and fresh air ensure that the body is tired.
As we no longer sleep as deeply when we are pensioners, our waking threshold is then lower and we are prone to being disturbed by noise. The decrease in phases of deep sleep means that we are not as rested as younger adults. A darkened and quiet bedroom is then particularly important.
BICO would like to wish both old and young restful sleep and a merry Christmas!