It’s not your imagination – you really do need more shut-eye as you get older.
We all know that babies need a lot of sleep – depending on the age up to 18 hours a day, in fact. Yet, as we move into adulthood we not only need less sleep, but we get, and function on, a lot less.
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Adults need at least eight hours a night, as do the elderly, although it’s found that the older population often may not achieve their full quota in one solid block of sleep.
A staggering number of adults experience some form of sleep ‘debt’, which means there’s a lot of people trying to get through the day with less-than-adequate shut-eye.
Here’s the ideal amount of sleep every age group needs; they’re listed as ranges because gender has an influence, as well as lifestyle and health:
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