IS IT TRUE OLDER PEOPLE NEED LESS SLEEP?

When it comes to myths about sleep, this one refuses to nod off — and stay asleep. Contrary to popular opinion, older people don’t need less sleep than the average person. In fact, adults require about the same amount of sleep from their 20s into old age, although the number of hours per night varies from person to person. But many older adults get much less sleep than they need, for a variety of reasons.