Ratgeber Schlaf

How does my sleep behaviour change with age?

Many people find that their sleep behaviour changes as they get older. This is entirely natural and depends both on age and on a person's stage of life. As babies, we still sleep between 16 and 24 hours per day. Teenagers around the age of 14 sleep for 8-9 hours on average, while 70-year-olds spend just 6-7 hours in bed per night.

It is mostly the REM portion of sleep that reduces with time, i.e. dream sleep. This is due to a number of factors, including that as we get older we do not see as many new things in life, and our dreams reflect that.