Research shows that many seniors suffer from sleep deprivation. Insomnia is more common for seniors, partly because of health issues, partly because of the anxiety and the concerns of aging, and sometimes because of medication.
Frequent urination and the pain from arthritis are more common too. Another issue related to sleep problems in seniors is the timing of rest. As we age, advanced sleep phase syndrome sets in, causing the body’s internal clock to adjust to earlier bed and wake-up times. But some seniors continue to stay up late, as they did in their younger years. Sleep deprivation is often the result.
Many older adults also report being less satisfied with sleep and more tired during the day. Studies on the sleep habits of older Americans show an increase in the time it takes to fall asleep (sleep latency), an overall decline in REM sleep, and an increase in sleep fragmentation (waking up during the night) with age. The prevalence of sleep disorders also tends to increase with age in general for all the reasons noted above.
Snoring is still a primary cause of sleep disruption for approximately 90 million American adults; 37 million on a regular basis. Snoring is most commonly associated with persons who are overweight and the condition often becomes worse with age. Loud snoring is particularly serious as it can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and is associated with high blood pressure and other health problems. This is more serious for seniors based on the overall decline in general health.
If you’re a senior or are caring for one, and are concerned about overall sleep health, please use the short form below to get more information, or call us today at (913) 203-4040.