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How to Cut Down on Night Waking

For some, sleeping through the night feels like a distant dream. Learn how to increase your odds of disturbance-free sleep tonight. Many people have no trouble sleeping through the night. For people who suffer from nighttime waking, the consequences extend far beyond a momentary annoyance. Falling asleep can be hard enough, but staying asleep is a whole other issue. Lost sleep equals morning grogginess and low energy throughout the next day.. There are a number of reasons people tend to wake up at night, including underlying health conditions and poor sleep habits. In severe cases, a medical professional can help. For others, a few small tweaks in your bedtime routine may provide the relief you…

How to Sleep Well During Retirement

Saying goodbye to work life can mean a change in your sleep schedule. Learn how to sleep well during this new stage of life. The joys of retirement are plentiful, from having the chance to spend time with family to being able to frequently travel. Another perk to add to the list: More sleep. On average, people sleep approximately 20 minutes longer at night after retirement. Those who skimped on sleep the most during their working years see the biggest gains, increasing their nightly sessions by around 45 minutes compared to pre-retirement. What’s more, retired people are less likely to experience sleep difficulties related to job-related stress. Along with the positive news, however, there are…

How to Create a Safe Sleep Space for Elderly Parents

Tips for setting up a comfortable, accident-proof bedroom for aging parents in your home. Nearly one in three elderly people in need daily assistance live with a family member who is looking after them. If you fill that role for your parents, figuring out how to create a safe and comfortable sleeping arrangement for them is important. This is especially true for the 44 percent of older adults who experience insomnia, which could include moving around during the night. To create the best possible sleep environment for elderly parents in your home, consider these other tips: Clear the Room Make sure there’s enough space in the area where your parent will be sleeping to accommodate a…

The Sleep Challenges of Getting Older

Rest assured that you can achieve quality sleep as you age. Understanding the challenges, lifestyle solutions, and key adjustments to your daily habits can help in your pursuit of peaceful slumber. Many aspects of health change as you get older, including sleep habits. Despite feeling tired at night, people often find that they can’t seem to get the sound sleep that they crave. But while it may be more noticeable in the elderly population, sleep quality actually begins to decline early in adulthood. Starting in your late 20s, the amount of deep sleep you get each night begins to shrink—regardless of total hours—a trend that worsens with age. It’s also common to have a hard…

How to Get Better Sleep as You Age

These lifestyle changes can lead to more shut-eye later in life. The later years of life bring welcomed life changes like retirement and grandchildren. Now as much as ever, you need energy to travel, explore, play, and socialize. That stamina starts with a good night’s sleep, but quality shut-eye can be elusive: Older people have been found to wake up three to four times each night on average and 44 percent experience insomnia a few nights a week. Luckily, adopting a few simple lifestyle changes could help you win back your sleep. Start with these tips: Limit daytime naps. It can be tempting to sneak in a siesta, but if your nighttime sleep is…

How Sleep Needs Change with Age

Sleep is important at every stage of life. These tips will help you get the sleep you need as you get older. At each stage of life, people sleep for different durations. Newborns sleep on and off all day. Kids are up at dawn and on the go until sundown. Teens sleep late and stay up even later. Most adults do well with between seven and nine hours a night. Later in adulthood, sleep needs change again: Early waking and difficulty sleeping deeply frequently prevent older people from reaching a full nine hours. What’s more, many people find they simply need less shut-eye later in life. Are you getting enough? These smart tips can…

Debunking Sleep Myths: Do You Need Less Sleep As You Age?

You may be surprised by how many hours of shut-eye older adults should be getting. It’s a fact of life: The joys of grandchildren and retirement come with some less-welcome events. Along with changes to vision, hearing, and hairline, older adults may also notice a shift in sleeping patterns. Falling and staying asleep can be more difficult, and even people who once loved to spend mornings in bed may find that they wake up much earlier than they used to. Despite the shift in sleep schedules, however, people’s total sleep needs don’t change much as they get older. The recommended amount for those ages 65 and up is seven to eight hours a night while…

Alzheimer’s And Sleep

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (the most common form of dementia, which affects 5.3 million people) can be scary and confusing—for the person affected, as well as family members and friends. Learn how the disease can affect someone’s sleep, so you know what to expect and how you can help. If you’re a caregiver, try to help the patient understand the following. Nighttime Awakenings Are Common. Dementia often causes a change in sleep patterns. In fact, as many as 50 percent of those who have mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s experience insomnia or increased napping. It’s still unclear exactly how sleep troubles and Alzheimer’s are linked—less sleep may lead to Alzheimer’s or maybe Alzheimer’s causes the sleep…

Sleep Issues Unique to the Elderly

The more candles on your birthday cake, the more likely you are to struggle with sleep. You might have always imagined retirement as the time in your life where you finally get to sit back and enjoy life—and get enough sleep! The reality, however, is that sleep changes as you get older, and not always for the better. In fact, as many as 40 percent of older adults are plagued with sleep problems. Even healthy individuals often take longer to fall asleep, sleep more lightly, wake up more often, spend less time in deep sleep, and may even sleep about a half hour less overall. So much for catching up on all those years…

How Menopause Impacts Sleep

Discover what’s happening with your female hormones and get tricks for easing symptoms, so you can nod off to dreamland. Hormones affect your mood and sleep—especially as you age. In fact, about 61 percent of women who are past menopause (the one-year anniversary of your last period) and almost 80 percent of women who are in perimenopause (when your body starts to transition toward menopause) report sleep problems. That’s partly because your ovaries are slowing down their production of the sleep-promoting hormone progesterone, and partly because you might be hit with major sleep disrupters such as hot flashes  or night sweats due to lower estrogen levels. Try these tricks to sleep more soundly. 1. Keep…