Sleep facts

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How much sleep do I need?

Our sleeping habits will change over our lifetime and good sleep will feel different to different people. Adults usually sleep for between 6-9 hours per night.

But as we get older we need less sleep, sleep less deeply, and take longer to fall asleep. We also get tired earlier, stir more during the night, and wake up earlier.

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Keeping a sleep diary can help

A sleep diary is a simple way to record how you sleep and can help you and your healthcare professional learn more about your sleep patterns plus uncover ways to improve your sleep. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a sleep diary or simply download it here.

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Melatonin is important for good sleep

A hormone called melatonin plays a key role in regulating your body’s natural circadian rhythms (your 24-hour body clock). It regulates the time you go to sleep as well as when you wake up in the morning.

Your melatonin level usually rises as it gets dark causing you to feel sleepy, and it continues to be released gradually throughout the night. However, as you age, your body tends to produce less melatonin which can lead to difficulty falling asleep and poor sleep quality.

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Circadin may help your sleep

Circadin helps to restore your natural sleep cycle by releasing melatonin gradually throughout the night.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if Circadin is right for you.

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