It’s common for our sleep patterns to change as we age, but sleep is fundamental to living a healthy, happy lifestyle. Often these sleep issues have a reason behind them and could be anything from physical health conditions to medications to lifestyle changes.
It’s recommended that all adults should get anywhere from 7 to 9-hours of sleep per night. If you’re struggling to keep a consistent sleep schedule and not hitting this recommended amount, follow along as we break down everything you need to know about aging and sleep as well as a few tips to achieve a good night’s rest.
Aging And Sleep
Sleep is fundamental to a happy, healthy lifestyle. It’s common for sleep patterns to change as we age, especially when it comes to the quality and duration of sleep. According to Sleep Foundation, aging and sleep patterns have a direct correlation due to the effects of an aging SCN. The function of the SCN deteriorates over time which can disrupt circadian rhythms, which has a direct effect on when people feel tired or alert.
Aside from an aging SCN, there are other factors that play a role in sleep changes as we age. Factors such as physical health conditions, exercise regimes, lifestyle changes, and much more can have an effect on our sleep. To learn more about these factors, especially ones that are in your control, follow along as we dive into common sleep issues that seniors face.