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Sleeping Disorders Among Older People

People who age undergo changes in sleeping patterns. You may become sleepy earlier or wake up during the wee hours of the morning. Some folks become light sleepers. While this transformation is a normal part of getting old, troubled sleep, waking up worn-out every day, and other signs of insomnia are certainly not a normal part of the aging process. Sleep is vital for both grown-ups and youngsters. Even if you are past 50 years, it is important to overcome age-related sleeping difficulties and always get a good night?s rest.

Regardless of your age, sufficient sleep is crucial to your physical health and emotional welfare. For older people, adequate sleep helps improve concentration and memory development. It also permits your body to mend cell damage that happened during the day and sleep revives your immune system which helps prevent disease. A lot of medical practitioners believe that sleep is a gauge of a person?s health.

Seniors who lack sleep are more inclined to suffer from melancholy, attention and memory problems, and undue daytime drowsiness. They have the tendency to suffer more nighttime falls and become more dependent on prescription or over-the-counter sleeping aids. Besides, lack of sleep can generate severe medical conditions among older adults such as cardiovascular ailments, diabetes, weight problems, and breast cancer for women.

Elderly adults may sleep less due to hormonal changes which means that their bodies produce less of two important sleep hormones which are melatonin and growth hormones. Melatonin is of great importance since changes in this hormone can influence a person?s sleep cycle. Less melatonin causes many old men and women to feel sleepy in the early evening and to wake up very early. The menopause stage also causes significant hormonal changes among women which often results in symptoms that interfere with sleep. Physical ailments can also disturb sleep.

As people age, it is more possible for the elderly to develop a recurring illness which results in body changes that obstruct normal sleep. You can cope with this issue by managing your health conditions properly. Parkinson?s disease, Alzheimer?s disease and various mental disorders can lead to anxiety that interferes with sleep. Conditions such as diabetes or an inflamed prostate will compel you to use the bathroom often at night time which also interrupts deep sleep.

Home Nursing assistance and care from Specialty Care Services can provide guided activities and advice for older adults to help them get enough rest and sleep.


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