According to the National Sleep Foundation, healthy adults ages 65 and older need between seven to eight hours of sleep per night. However, this range can vary greatly depending on individual’s specific health conditions so it’s a good idea for seniors that have sleep issues speak to their personal health care physicians to determine a proper amount for them — and how to achieve that number every night.
As people age, the Foundation reports that sleep is even more vital because poor sleep can contribute to many health concerns, reducing quality of life in people 65 and older. A Sleep in America Poll conducted by the Foundation found that 24 percent of people between the ages of 65 and 84 reported being diagnosed with four or more health conditions. The site states, “Those with multiple health conditions were more likely to report getting less than six hours of sleep, having poor sleep quality, and experiencing symptoms of a sleep disorder.”