Michigan State University Extension recognizes that a good night’s sleep is important at every age. Sleep is a vital aspect of good health and quality of life. Older adults need about 7-9 hours of sleep each night to feel rested; unfortunately, most do not get that amount. Many older adults have difficulty falling asleep at night and also often sleep less deeply, waking up more regularly during the night.
As people get older, sleep schedules change, with many older adults going to bed at an earlier hour and rising earlier in the morning. There are many reasons why these changes occur. Older adults might be making and secreting less melatonin, which is the hormone that helps you to sleep.