Adult and Ageing

  • Ageing and Sleep

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    How do older people sleep differently?

    Most people sleep between 7 and 9 hours each day. However, they may not get all their sleep at night. Around 4 in 10 older people have at least one 30-minute nap every day. Most people over the age of 80 nap for more than one hour each day. At

  • Dementia and Sleep

    Dementia and Sleep


    How can we best understand dementia?

    Dementia causes a set of problems that are related to each other. These include memory loss, trouble communicating, confusion and difficulty with walking around. There might be difficulty with recognising people they know, even if they are close

  • Incontinence (Nocturia)


    What is Nocturia?

    Nocturia is the need to get up during the night to urinate, thereby interrupting sleep. Sleep occurs before and after each time you wake up.

    What are the most common types of nocturia?
    There are three main types of nocturia: 1) nocturnal polyuria (or overproduction); 2)

  • Menopause and Sleep


    How does sleep change during the menopause?
    Many women report that it is more difficult to sleep well during the menopause. They say that it is not as easy to get to sleep or to stay asleep and they also tend to wake up earlier than planned. This may be due to less oestrogen in the body. After

  • Older People and Sleep - 老年人与睡眠

    Click below to view a fact sheet about Older People and Sleep in simplified Chinese.



    These translated fact sheets were funded by a grant from the Australian Chinese Community Foundation.