40s and 50s
Children usually no longer need you at night at this point in your life, but just when women think they will be able to settle into a happy sleep pattern, they become menopausal. It is well known among sleep experts that women going through menopause or perimenopause (the period leading up to menopause, which can last for years) are at tremendous risk for sleep disturbances. Hormones are shifting all over the place, leading to sleep-disrupting hot flashes and early-morning awakenings.
60s and Beyond
The older you get, you sleep more lightly and, overall, experience less deep sleep. Aging is also linked to sleeping fewer hours, although studies show you still need as much sleep as when you were younger. The drive to stay awake during the day, however, is lessened, leading to increased napping. In addition, seniors’ sleep may be disturbed by bathroom visits, chronic pain, sleep apnea, and a myriad of other conditions.