15 “Facts” About Sleep That Are Completely Wrong

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Myth #15: The elderly need less sleep

FACT: The elderly tend to sleep for a shorter time at night and wake up earlier in the morning, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they need less sleep overall.

Older people tend to wake up more throughout the night, meaning they tend to be less well-rested compared with if they’d stayed asleep, Sudhansu Chokroverty, who specializes in neurophysiology and sleep medicine at the JFK Medical Center, told WebMD.

“This is why they take naps during the day,” Chokroverty said.

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