Older people need more, good sleep

Sleep Health Foundation president Professor David Hillman said healthy older people sleep just as well as healthy younger people. However, research showed half of older adults had sleep problems which contributed to symptoms of depression and anxiety, slower reaction times, memory,balance and vision problems, and increasing risk of falls and death.

Australasian Sleep Association president Professor Shantha Rajaratnam said poor sleep in older people was linked to conditions associated with ageing like psychiatric conditions and increased medication.