Sleep Patterns and Later Years

Did you know for over 65s, 13% of men and 36% of women take more than 30 minutes to get to sleep?

Sleep patterns do change as we age such as,

– sleeping less deeply and waking up more often during the night having spent more time in the lighter stages of sleep.

– napping during the day

– being sleepier early evening then waking up early morning.

– reduced melatonin – the hormone that promotes sleep.

– sensitivity to changes in environment such as noise preventing sleep.

– psychiatric problems & medical problems leading to less sleep at night.

However disturbed sleep and waking up tired every morning are not part of normal ageing. Find up more about the effects of sleep from ageing and some trusted strategies to cope via the website: How to Sleep Well Guide