Do you need less sleep as you get older?

Sleep needs as you age | scooms bedding

No, you don’t need less sleep as you get older!

This is a common misconception but adults still need a regular 7 to 9 hours a night throughout their lifetime. However, according to Harvard Medical School  researchers, “As people age, it takes longer to fall asleep, a phenomenon called increased sleep latency. And sleep efficiency – the percentage of time spent asleep while in bed – decreases as well.”

As you age, you are likely to find yourself getting sleepier earlier and waking up earlier, and getting gradually less ‘slow wave sleep’ (deep sleep).

So in your twenties, you will probably spend 95% of your time asleep in bed and in your eighties only 79%. The quality of sleep will reduce with the average 80-year-old getting 62% less slow wave sleep than the average 20-year-old.

As your body restores itself during deep sleep, it seems that a good night’s sleep is one of the most important anti-aging measures you can follow.

Rather than thinking that you can get away with less sleep as you get older, your sleep patterns change and so you are likely to need to make sure that you take more care to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep. 

HOW TO GET A BETTER NIGHT'S SLEEP

 

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Bedding size guide

Duvet size & weight guide

These are standard UK bedding sizes so if you know your mattress size you can easily work out which duvet size you need.

Duvet size Duvet weight UK mattress size
Single 135 x 200cm
(4ft 5" x 6ft 7")
4.5 tog - 302g 
9 tog - 486g 
All seasons - 788g
90 x 190cm
Double 200 x 200cm
(6ft 7" x 6ft 7")
4.5 tog - 448g
9 tog - 720g
All seasons - 1168g
135 x 190cm
King 225 x 220cm
(7ft 4" x 7ft 3")
4.5 tog - 567g 
9 tog - 911g
All seasons - 1478g
150 x 200cm
Super King 260 x 220cm
(8ft 6" x 7ft 3")
4.5 tog - 641g
9 tog - 1030g
All seasons - 1671g
180 x 200cm 

 

Duvet tog rating guide

Young children can overheat so if they are old enough to be using a full size bed, we recommend using a single size 4.5 tog duvet.

 Tog rating Season / heat Feel
4.5 tog Summer / hot sleepers Lower thermal insulation
9 tog Spring & Autumn Cosy medium heat
All season (4.5 + 9 tog) Winter / cold sleepers Very warm

 

Pillow size guide

Our pillows come in two sizes and provide medium support.

Standard 
50 x 75cm
King 50 x 90cm

 

Bed linen size guide

Our fitted sheets are deep fit, up to 40cm / 15.7" mattress depth. And our duvet covers fasten with large, easy to use buttons.

Duvet cover Fitted sheet Pillowcase (pair)
Single 140 x 200cm 90 x 190cm
Double 200 x 200cm 135 x 190cm 50cm x 75cm (Standard)
King 230 x 220cm 150 x 200cm 50cm x 90cm (King)
Super king 260 x 220cm 180 x 200cm

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