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Sleep is something that so many battle with as we age. For some it’s great – we fall asleep without any trouble (especially after a drop of red) and we don’t wake up until we’ve hit snooze three times! But for others it’s a pain getting to sleep and even more difficult to stay asleep once we’re there.

The problem is that not enough of us are getting enough sleep. There has been confusion around exactly how much sleep we need at what ages. But a new study by the team at the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) in the US has worked it out and is now sharing it with us.

Sleep is one of life’s necessities. It’s critical for human survival and the amount of sleep we each get is an indicator of our overall health.

According to the NSF’s findings, adults 50+ should be getting 7-9 hours a night and anyone over 65 should be getting 7-8 hours a night.

It’s also interesting to note how much sleep your grandchildren should be receiving too.

So tell us, how much sleep do you actually get? What are your biggest sleeping problems? Do you get too much sleep or too little? Share your thoughts in the comments below…


If you have trouble, here’s some tips on helping you sleep on other Starts at 60 articles: 

Your guide for a good night’s sleep

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Secret’s to a good night’s sleep 


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  1. Monday night was a shocker probably only between 3 – 4 hours last night was fabulous I got 8 hours and feel great this morning normally have between 6 – 8 hours

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    • I am lucky if I get 6+ hrs a night- even that will be broken into 3hr periods. Hip & back pain is the disturber of my sleep and I have to get out of bed for about 15mins. On the rare occasions that I get 7-8 hrs I am elated!

  2. I have the worst sleeping patterns. Never get to sleep more than a few hours at a time. It makes a prisoner out of you. If you go out your worrying if you will drift off. Nothing more boring than me asleep and not being the life of the party.

  3. I can get to sleep all right,but I keep waking up, two or three time’s.Don`t want too start,taking sleeping pills.

  4. Sometimes I think this page seems to think grandparents are parents. Now some are and suggestions may or may not apply to them. For the rest of us who are grandparents not raising our grandchildren then there is a line we do not cross. Unless you don’t trust your children to raise their children. It’s up to our children how much sleep time their children have, how much screen time their children have etc,, I trust my kids to raise their kids as im sure the majority of grandparents do.

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  5. Fall asleep no problem but Continually wake at 2 or 3 am whether I go to bed early or late have a nanna nap or not am totally tired or not …any ideas .. I’m just over it as is my hubby
    Was on antidepressants for 5 years is this a side effect will I get past it or is it my life now

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    • Side effects of SSRIs and SNRIs include sleep disorders. Are they the type of antidepressants you’d been prescribed? If so, there can be a way to correct that.

    • Yes was prescribed them but taken off them and all my medication due to effect on my liver function

    • Insmonia 1:- Can’t go off to sleep. Insmonia 2:- Waking up intermittently. Insmonia 3:- Waking up early and can’t go off again. Which type/s do you cop Chris?

    • If SSRIs or SNRIs set things off, you can employ L-Tryptophan amino acid 200mg in juice at bedtime or half an hour before dinner on an empty stomach and nowhere near protein. It’s a precursor of Serotonin > Melatonin.

    • Try Liver Formula then and drink Dandelion Tea. Veges should include artichoke. See how that goes over a fortnight Chris.

    • My liver function return to normal after 8 months of no medication but still hv a fatty liver so still hv to be v careful sister had same n had liver transplant

    • Terry Tung-Yep
      Are you a therapist? You sound like you have a wealth of knowledge. I’m looking for some one to go to for my son.

    • My sleep pattern is exactly the same. I know, that now I’m retired, I’m not expelling as much energy, but it’s such a vicious circle. Surprisingly, though I’m the fitest, slimmest & most relaxed I’ve been in years.

  6. Not so good lately ,selling house so I am packing box’s in my sleep I think that is weirs than being awake ,I am a really good sleeper really

  7. not enough..I am up through the night in takes me awhile to get back to sleep, I seem to be always tired

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