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Well, good that you questioned that well-intentioned advice. An 83-year-old man should sleep as long as he wants to sleep. And sometimes, as in my mom's case, even LONGER than she'd like to sleep. Ha!

Going to bed at 8 AM and sleeping until 6? Sounds like a gift - to him AND to you. If I did anything, I'd try to keep him up later so he'd sleep 'til 7 or 8 AM.
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He's not very active (bad hip) and he typically does not nap at all during the day. He goes to bed about 8:00 pm and sleeps through the night until 6:00am. Is that really so bad?
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It matters how active they are during the day.. Does he sleep during the day?
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I had someone tell me that elderly people should only be getting 6 to 7 hours a night for good health. I find this ridiculous. If they are tired, shouldn't they sleep? As a side note, my Dad does not nap during the day.
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