Sleep needs change over our lifetime. Kids need more sleep than adults. Interestingly, older adults still need about the same amount of sleep as kids- seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
Unfortunately, many older adults often get less sleep than needed. Some like to watch the late show, some have too much on their minds, some had too much coffee and some took a long daytime nap! Whatever the reason, as someone's daily structured schedule declines, often does their sleep pattern.
Also, older people often sleep less deeply and wake up more often throughout the night, which may be why they nap more often during the daytime. Conversely, we need to be cautious of napping during the day as it could disrupt a nightly pattern. Nighttime sleep schedules may change with age, too. Many older adults tend to get sleepier earlier in the evening and awaken much earlier in the morning.
Not sleeping well can lead to several problems. Older adults who sleep poorly are more likely to have a depressed mood, attention and memory problems, excessive daytime sleepiness, more nighttime falls, and use more over the counter or prescription sleep aids. Poor sleep is also associated with a poorer quality of life.
To learn more about how Danbury can help, even with a better sleeping routine, call today.