Sleep is essential. While we?re sleeping, our bodies can rest up and re-energize. And while older and younger adults both need seven to nine hours of sleep each night, seniors tend to have different sleep patterns and needs. Understanding how sleep affects seniors is a good way to help get the best and most restful sleep for you.
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How sleep changes with age
While all adults need about the same amount of sleep, many seniors don?t get nearly enough. Some seniors have a hard time falling asleep at night. And when they do, they often sleep lightly and awake frequently. As a result, many seniors supplement their nighttime sleep with naps during the day. Seniors? sleep cycles also shift so that they naturally go to bed earlier at night and rise earlier in the morning.
Some doctors suspect that seniors experience these changes because they produce less melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating sleep. Many seniors also become more sensitive to noise as they age, so they awaken more frequently at night.
Benefits of sleeping well
Getting proper sleep can have positive impacts on overall health and quality of life, leading to better moods, an increased ability to focus and retain information, more energy during the day, and fewer falls at night.
If you?re having trouble sleeping, be sure to talk to your doctor or visit a sleep specialist. Sometimes medical or psychiatric issues could be responsible for negatively affecting seniors? sleep. While many seniors assume that it gets harder and harder to wake up rested as they age, this doesn?t have to be true! There are many possible treatment options that can help.
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