Catching Some Zzz’s: How Much Sleep do Seniors Need?

If you or a senior loved one has crossed the age of 65, you’re probably no stranger to sleep disorders. From falling asleep to getting enough sleep, most things sleep-related are bound to become an issue as we grow old. It’s generally known that seniors take longer to fall asleep. In addition to having problems falling asleep, seniors also face problems such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and sleep-related breathing problems. All of these together contribute to sleeping troubles in seniors, and it’s understandable that you choose to look into the matter.

After all, getting the right amount of sleep is often the hidden key to unlocking good health. On average, 7 to 9 hours of sleep are essential for every human irrespective of age restrictions. However, age causes people’s sleep-related needs to change. For instance, babies, infants, and toddlers are known to sleep more whereas seniors are known to sleep less.

At this point, it’s only natural that people will ask:

Why does sleep trouble seniors so much?

The answer lies in a range of factors, all of which contribute to the issue. The first and most major culprit, of course, is age. Your natural aging process will affect your sleep patterns as it will affect other bodily functions. Melatonin, the hormone that helps you sleep at night, is produced in fewer quantities as you age, thereby making sleep difficult.

Additionally, many neurological and underlying medical conditions also lead to secondary sleep disorders. Medications that you take for many of these underlying medical conditions also contribute to sleep disorders.

This, of course, begs the ultimate question: how much sleep does your senior loved one need?

The Optimal Amount of Sleep for Seniors

Although many sources, such as the National Institute on Aging, agree that seniors can function just as well with lesser sleep than is required on average, we suggest that at least 7.5 hours of sleep be complete every night.

This adequate amount of sleep will help your senior loved one feel refreshed as they wake up, more in control of themselves, better rested, and physically relaxed. It’ll also help calm their nerves and improve their mental state.

However, we do not push for anything about 8 hours of sleep at the most for senior members, which is counterproductive and can lead to a lax disposition.

The Care Options You Have

AvantGarde in Tarzana hosts many senior members from Van Nuys, CA, who choose for themselves from our three care options: assisted living, independent living, and memory care options. To better choose for your senior loved one, get in touch with us right away!