Aging is a natural process that we can’t escape. Some embrace it while others fear it, but some of that fear is based on common misconceptions. If you think things like depression, dementia, and weight gain are all unavoidable parts of aging, think again. Many of the things people fear about getting older aren’t actually true. With the right mindset, aging can be a beautiful thing!
Disproving common myths about aging is so important because it can change the way we view growing older and it can also change the way others act towards seniors. Follow along as we debunk 10 common myths about aging.
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Myth: Older Adults Need Less Sleep
Regardless of your age, everyone needs a good night’s rest. That said, younger children do need more sleep than adults but many people think older adults, particularly seniors, need less sleep than younger adults. This common myth is actually not true.
Both younger and older adults need about 7 to 9-hours of sleep per night. However, as you age you may find it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. Some of this can be due to the side effects of certain types of medications or a medical condition but poor sleep is not a normal part of aging. Be sure to seek your medical professional if you’re having trouble sleeping.