Older People

How Older People Can Get Improve Sleep Patterns

While most of us when we were young were unlikely to experience any problems with sleep other than those caused by too much of it or partying until the sun came up, older people are often not so lucky.

As we age we are likely to sleep less than we did in our youth and there are actually scientific studies that have demonstrated insomnia levels are at 50% of the population from the age of 60.

This often leads to the myth that older people don’t need as much sleep as younger people but this simply isn’t true. Everyone needs approximately 7 hours of sleep every 24 hours to keep themselves healthy and allow the body to get the rest it needs.

Too little sleep can be a leading cause of all sorts of health problems if it isn’t dealt with.

One of the problems faced by older people is the decline in slow wave sleep that comes with advancing age which means sleeping becomes lighter and waking in the night becomes more likely.

The way to deal with this is to maintain a healthy lifestyle which includes plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to ensure the mind and body are ready for sleep at the end of each day. It is also beneficial to take naps during the day to ensure you get enough shut eye but be sure not to over do it. Too much sleep can be as bad for you as too little.

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