Is this true?

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Is this true?
Fri, 06-14-2013 - 12:31pm

For years I have heard that "older people" need less sleep (than when they were younger, I guess) and that older people wake up earlier. (I don't know at what age we officially become "older people" so I hope that nobody takes offense). Have either of these been the case with you?

I'm 61, not old in my opinion. Anyway I am finding that I seem to need more sleep than before and I definitely do not wake up early. When I was younger I could function on little sleep (and did so, for years) and make myself get up early, but find it much harder now, and notice a big reduction in my alertness and energy on days when I have to get up without enough rest. 

Just wondering at what age the "needing less sleep" thing will kick in! But also wondering what others' experiences are regarding sleep, fatigue, stamina, etc

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Registered: 11-15-2001
In reply to: elc11
Mon, 06-17-2013 - 12:51am

Hi! I have always been an early riser. (I'll be 67 next month.) It does not matter what time I go to bed, I always wake up early, usually between 5 and 7 AM. I don't think its a matter of age, I think its just the individual. Some people require less sleep - I only seem to need 5 or 6 hours, wheras someone else may require 8 to 10 hours. I hope I was helpful. And its nice to see you once again!

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Registered: 06-25-2008
In reply to: elc11
Mon, 06-17-2013 - 10:55am

I am not quite in the over 60 crowd yet but I know my parents actually needed more sleep. They did get up very early but they also went to bed much earlier than when they were younger.